CBS News reports on 19-year-old Chris Strickland, a very ordinary young man who seems unaware of how heroic his split-second action was. In his first job, Chris, working at a Home Depot in Anchorage, Alaska, happened to turn around and face a shopping cart at the moment an unattended baby fell out of a baby seat sitting atop it. Store surveillance video captures the whole thing, as Strickland rushes over and reaches out to catch the falling infant. For this simple, profoundly important act, Strickland will receive the Home Depot Angel Award, “reserved for those who perform exceptional acts of heroism” (via http://www.cbsnews.com/news/quick-thinking-home-depot-employee-saves-falling-baby/).
If all goes well, some day that baby will grow up, maybe get married and have children, and, optimists might say, do some great thing—become president, save an entire burning building full of people, or, better yet, become a faithful Christian responsible for scores of folks getting to heaven. No matter what happens with the child, it will not diminish the heroism of this young man who, at the right place and right time, chose to save another human being and one literally helpless.
In 2 Timothy 4:8, Paul speaks of Christ giving an unequaled reward on the Judgment Day. It will be for those heros and heroines who loved His coming and appearance, who fought, finished, and kept the faith (7). In a parable about the Judgment, Jesus speaks of the award winning “sheep” who will enter heaven. What did they do? Cared for those who had needs. James 1:12 speaks of a reward Christ will personally give to those who persevere under trial.
You didn’t consider yourself a “hero,” did you? Passages like those above speak of how ordinary folks like us can receive the highest honor of all time and eternity. How? By faithful endurance, service, and response to Jesus, the Lord! Congratulations!