“Chasing Lions” – Sunday, November 17th, 2013
This past Sunday we picked up week 2 of our series, HEROES, an intentional look into some of the qualities and characteristics of a hero. And while we understand and could all agree that a hero is readily defined as, “an ordinary person capable of extraordinary feats for the betterment of others”, there are some very specific attributes, which contribute to better understanding who or rather, what a hero is.
One key component of a hero is a lion chaser; someone who is willing to face their lions (fears) head on – not only face their lions, but chase them down into a pit and go to battle with their lions.
Check out the message, “Chasing Your Lions”, here…
There are really 2 main ideas that we need to remember when it comes to heroic attributes in terms of chasing and facing our lions:
#1 – Lion Chasers Acknowledge Their Lions
While most people are good with running from lions, even avoiding them all together, lion chasers are intentional about acknowledging the lions in their lives. In this case lions are representative of the fears we have in life: fear of finances, fear of failure, fear of relationships, fear of faith, etc. and while it’s sensible for people to run in the opposite direction from man-eating lions, one of the characteristics of a hero is someone who is willing to face their lions head on, acknowledge their fear and be intentional about dealing with them, one at time.
What’s keeping you from acknowledging the lions in your life?
#2 – Lion Chasers Are Risk Takers
It makes sense that coming across a lion in the wilderness short of an intentional safari or without the confines of a cage inside some zoo, that coming face-to-face with a lion could be considered pretty unlucky. Think about it. Lions in their natural habitat are called “king of the beasts” for a reason. Now insert man into the king of the beasts stomping grounds and it’s understandable how one might think this type of scenario to be pretty crappy.
Not lion chasers. No! Instead, they lock eyes with the lion (fear) and actively chase it down. Granted, this is a huge risk, right? But what’s a greater risk: chasing down the lion and doing battle with it or remaining paralyzed for much of your existence due to the fear that holds you captive? I’ll take my chances with facing my fears any day. Yes. Chasing lions is risky business, but in Christ all things are possible and we are not called to live in fear outside of the fear of the Lord. All other fears are unnatural and learned behaviors.
God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but one of courage and love and sound mind. It’s up to us to live in the fear of the Lord and the freedom that comes from knowing and living for Him.
What’s keeping you from actively taking a risk in the Lord?