Being Seen as Valiant

How close do you pay attention when you read the Bible? Do you read it to check it off of your “be kind to God” list or “your things to do” list?  Do you read for information or transformation?  Does anything ever jump of the page and catch you off guard; things that make you say “I didn’t see that coming”?

I like the account of Gideon in Judges Ch. 6 when the angel of the LORD (the pre incarnate Christ) appears to Gideon and calls him “… O valiant warrior.”  When I read about Gideon’s life “valiant” isn’t the first word that comes to my mind. Skeptical, timid, or maybe even reluctant warrior but not valiant; that just doesn’t seem to fit.

How about the account in John Ch.1 when Jesus “looked at Simon (Jesus looked intently and right into his soul)… you shall be called Cephas” (translated Peter meaning rock).  One look at Peter’s life and you would have to say “rock?” “Rolling stone yes, but not a rock.”  

The One who was, who is, and is to come sees us as we were, as we are, and thankfully as we will be.  Who we are, what we’ve gone through, and what we are going through does not define us; we are defined by our relationship with Christ. 

The world may see you as timid, doubting, or reluctant but in Christ you can be rightfully deemed valiant. In the flesh we may be impetuous, harsh, unstable, and unfaithful; but in Christ we can be rightly deemed as a rock (stable, rational, faithful, and useful).