You might say it is childish or a little old fashioned, but I would disagree. Nearly every story you read, hear, or watch, whether it is fact or fiction, has one in it. They always have the protagonist, better known as the hero. Many hero stories have a demigod complex, so those stories are not the right example. No, the stories you read about the person who happened to be in the right place at the right time and acted purely out of compassion for fellow human beings, those are the stories of true heroism. They saw someone in need (i.e. a burning building, a trafficked street, etc.) and they answered the call of desperation. Those are the stories which warm your heart. Maybe you even catch a whisper of hope for humankind?
What happens, though, when the hero is absent from society? What would the world look like if there was no one who stood in between desperation and deliverance? Imagine what it would have looked like if there were no heroes running into the Twin Towers on September 11, 2001, or a myriad of other desperate moments large and small. Infinite tragedy ensues when people lack such a hero.
God was searching for some such hero in Jerusalem. Someone who would recognize the desperate times and respond with desperate urgency. Someone who loved God completely and extended mercy to those in need. Instead, He found only a cut-throat society of individuals seeking their own fortunate standard of living at the expense of others. He was searching for someone who feared Him and reverently followed His instructions for life. Instead, he found only an irreverent people who could not discern between what was holy and what was common or even unclean. He was searching for the humble person who would say, “Here am I; send me!” He sought for someone to stand in the gap, but he found none (Ezekiel 22:30).
One day, Jesus Christ will heroically rule this earth. “Until he come whose right it is; and I will give it him” (Ezekiel 21:27). However, in light of our calling to be Christ-like, God is looking for someone “to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly” with God (Micah 6:8).
Will you be the one who stands in the gap for the needy? Instead of being a consumer, would you have compassion? There are many who need a better home, a better quality of life, a better example of kindness and goodness. You are not scaling buildings with a single bound, but you are communicating the love of Christ to others.
Will you be the one who stands in the gap for the lost? Instead of becoming like the world, the world needs to see someone who can discern between holy and unholy. In this day, where pastors get tattoos to be like the world and Christians listen to profane music and few who say they follow Christ can seem to make the right decision between worshipping God (holy) or honoring their hobby or family more than God (common), in this day, the world desperately needs someone who will deny “ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world” (Titus 2:12).
Will you be the one who humbly says, “Lord, Here am I”? What does the world need? The world needs someone who will stand in the gap. The world needs someone who will live and proclaim the gospel of deliverance to a desperately hopeless people.
Will you be what the world needs?