On Sunday I shared a story with you about two heromakers in my life: Gene and Harold. When I was 20 years old, these two men saw God’s potential in me and invited me to join them as they planted a church in rural Kansas. That experience was part of what catapulted me forward in God’s call on my life as a worship leader and pastor.
It all happened because of an “I-C-N-U” conversation. I-C-N-U conversations (“I See In You”) are things that heromakers initiate. Heromakers are people who lay aside the need to be the hero and instead focus on making heroes of others, helping them to reach their God given, potential for the sake of multiplying God’s Kingdom in the world. And anyone can be a heromaker by investing in the lives of people around them.
Imagine what it must have been like for a couple of professional fishermen to have a rabbi come seek them out at their workplace and invite them to “Come, follow me….and I will send you out to fish for people” (Mt 4:19). Jesus had an “I-C-N-U” moment with Peter and his brother Andrew essentially telling them, “I see something in you that you’re not even aware of yet. I think you have what it takes to be part of my crew and then do what I do.” They heard what He said and responded.
Apart from that I-C-N-U moment, they may have never seen the potential that Jesus saw in them to be leaders in His movement. But Jesus saw in them a group of people who could change the world. And they did!
Can you think of a heromaker in your own life? Someone who has had an “I-C-N-U” conversation with you? What did they see in you? To whom can you be a heromaker this week? Ask God to give you eyes to see what He is doing and what He can do through someone in your life? Ask Him to give you the ability to see the Kingdom potential in people around you. And then go and have that conversation and watch what God can do through one small “I-C-N-U” conversation.
Seth Hankee has served in pastoral ministry at Greenmonte Fellowship since 2004 and has a passion to see the church equipped for Kingdom ministry. Nothing excites him more than to see people recognize their identity and purpose in Christ and begin living that out.