The following is the second part of the article “Be a Hero Maker” written by Jason Webb – a Milwaukee-based pastor and public speaker. Here, Mr. Webb suggests that we have to look for the good in people that surround us just like Jesus looked for the good in others.
If you are a follower of Jesus, your mandate is not to be the hero of the story. Rather you are, as we saw earlier, called to be a hero maker.
We agree with this in theory but protest, “But God, where am I supposed to find people? People around me are seriously messed up. I can’t pour into them, it won’t work.”
Take a look at this picture for a few seconds and write down what word you see:
Did you see the word “good”?
Or did you see the word “evil?’ (If you saw the word “evil” I’ll pray for you!)
Or did you see both words? (It’s not good to lie)
For those of you who only saw the word, “evil” look again at the picture and focus on the black lines. Now can you see the word “good”?
When it comes to people we often only see the bad, we often only see the evil, and God is saying to us, “See the good because there is good.” But our problem is that we only point out the bad.
So, we say, “Yeah, God I know my colleague is right there in front, but have you seen how cynical she is?”
Or “God, yeah I know that you put this person in my small group that you may want me to pour into, but he’s a little socially awkward.”
Or “God I know this person is interested in you and they are my neighbor, but do you know their story?… They are seriously messed up. I can’t work with that.”
We only point out the bad, and we miss the good. And since we miss the good, we don’t think they are worth pouring into, we don’t invest in them. And God comes in and says, “I want you to look again and see the good, stop pointing out the bad.”
This is what Jesus did with the people he developed. Everybody else had pointed out the bad in them and written them off.
To Matthew, a tax collector, who was despised by the Jews for being a puppet of the Romans and for robbing the Jews, his own people, Jesus didn’t point out the bad; instead, he said, “Come, follow me.”
To James and John, Andrew and Simon, who were destined for a life of fishing, Jesus came to them and said, “Come, follow me and I will send you out to fish for people.”
To the woman caught in adultery, he didn’t point out the bad and tell her she wasn’t worth his time. Instead, he called out the good, and said, “I don’t condemn you.”
Again and again, he was calling out the good in people. He wasn’t looking for the all-stars, he was looking for broken, messed up people who still had good in them.
He asks us to do the same. He wants us to invest in the people already right in front of us, the messed up people, who have incredible good inside of them. We have to see them differently.
This is what Paul was getting at when he wrote these words, “ So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! (2 Cor. 5:16-17)
In other words, “If you want to see as Jesus does, if you want to see as a hero maker, put on new glasses when you look at people. Don’t point out the bad, call out the good. Call out that they are a new creation. Call out that they are better than the labels people have put on them. Call out the image of God that is in them. Call out the good.”
So will you do that? And who will you do that in your life with?
Bosses, are your employees scared of you? Are they afraid to open up the email you send them because they know that every time you write you are only pointing the bad? What if instead of pointing out the bad all the time, you only did it in rare circumstances? What if instead, you called out the good? What if you told them “I see what you are doing over here and the value you add to the company, and I want you to know that we are a better organization because you are part of it?”
And parents, what if you saw your kids as the heroes you are making every day?! And what if your kids knew you as someone who did not point out the bad but called out the good?
I know your kids may say they don’t need your voice in their life…but here’s a little secret. They long for it. They long to hear you call out the good in them instead of just telling them how they are messing things up. So will you?
This is what God did with us. He called out the good in us, instead of pointing out the bad. So look again at that person God wants you to develop. I know there is some bad there, but I promise there is a whole lot more good! So call that out. That’s where hero making begins.
About Jason Webb
Jason Webb is a gifted fundraiser and entrepreneur with a track record of leading multimillion-dollar campaigns in Milwaukee and around the world. He has helped start, lead, and mobilize volunteers for domestic and international non-profit organizations. Mr. Webb is a movement leader and a devoted advocate for racial reconciliation. He recently started working as Team Manager and Groups Director for Great Lakes Church.