Becoming Like Our Heroes
On our recent trip to Greece, I was reminded of the ancient Greek poem – Odyssey by Homer. The poem illustrates Odysseus’ adventures where he encountered various mythical gods. Odysseus had to deal with gods like Poseidon, Zeus, Athena, Cyclops, and others. Each of the gods responded very differently to Odysseus. These gods responded to him by listening, showing love, expressing hatred, answering his prayers, as well as mocking him. At times these gods were nice and kind, and at other times they were spiteful and vengeful. On each of the adventures, Odysseus never quite knew what to expect from these gods and goddesses.
We learned that the heroes of the Greek and Roman mythology morphed into the likeness of the gods they served. These mythological gods led their followers into both good and bad actions. The followers changed their lives to suit those of the gods the followed.
We all talk and act like the heroes we admire. In the same way, we all copy and imitate the gods we serve. If we admire and follow the world, we become like the world. If we admire and follow God, we become like our God. Our God is a holy God. He said, “be holy because I, the Lord your God, as holy” (Leviticus 19:2). We are to be like the God we serve – our holy God!
- Do you want to know who you are like? See who you admire, serve, and adore.
- With whom do you spend time? Where do you invest your time, resources and talents? That’s where your character is shaped.
- Are you allowing God to mold you and shape you into His likeness?
- How are you “becoming like the God you serve?”
- What is stopping you form fully becoming like the God you serve?
- What can you do to serve and spend more time with God?