|one of my heroes of faith|
As a result I've been thinking much about men and women who maintained a vibrant faith and followed the Spirit where He led them.
The first person who comes to mind is Peter. He didn't exactly have the greatest start to his life of faith, did he? He acts on impulse. He is filled with fear which prevents him from stepping out on the water. In Jesus' roughest moments, His friend Peter sleeps through the watch. Next he cuts off the ear of the guard. He runs away from Jesus, then follows at a distance and denies his Savior three times.
But Peter's journey wasn't finished yet. Peter is anointed with the Holy Spirit on Pentecost and we see a new Peter. A Peter who speaks out boldly. Peter who is imprisoned for his faith...who then miraculously escapes confounding his friends in the early church. His life ends by an upside-down crucifixion. The Spirit's work in and through Peter never fails to amaze me.
Peter is just one example of many who inspire me in the Bible. There's Nehemiah, a man who approached everything with prayer, constantly watching for enemy infiltration. Noah who took God at His word and followed His instructions precisely. The Proverbs 31 woman who is diligent and puts her family first in all that she does. Joshua and Caleb who were strong and courageous in the face of danger. Mary the mother of Jesus for her gentle and quiet spirit. The other Mary who gives her all to Jesus at whatever cost.
Who is your Bible hero(es)/heroine(s) and why?