There are some heroic characters in the Bible.
- Moses, the guy who parted the Red Sea and got Charlton Heston to play him in a movie.
- Peter, the man who has the most famous church in the world named after him
- David, the man after God’s own heart.
But most of the people you admire in the Bible were miserable failures.
- Moses, the guy who murdered an Egyptian and tried to cover it up.
- Peter, the guy who cussed out a teenage girl in order to forcefully deny he knew Jesus.
- David, the adulterer and murderer.
The same people were both failures and heroes. And they didn’t become heroes until they were first failures.
It is an act-one story of misery followed by an act-two story of redemption.
Woven throughout the pages of Scripture is this story of grace. A God who doest just forgive, but forgives and restores. He isn’t just a God of second chances, but third, fourth and fifth chances.
This is part of the reason you admire these people so much. You know they did great things, but what’s inspiring is they did great things after doing awful things. The riches are more impressive when you consider the rags.
Why do we love these comeback stories so much?
Because deep down, we want to hope.
We love the redemption stories, because there’s a good chance we’ll be in one. Maybe we’ve already been featured in one.
By all means, admire and emulate the heroes in the Bible. But never forget that most of them were sinners before they were saints – murderers before they were missionaries, and miserable failures before they got chapters in the Bible.