Have you noticed how many superheroes there are lately? I grew up with Batman and Robin and the Lone Ranger and Superman and Spiderman, but now there are so many more.
And everybody’s talking about superpowers. Human resource people even ask potential employees about their superpowers.
Superheroes have moved inside the church too. Kids are learning about Bible superheroes in Vacation Bible School.
It all sounds so innocent until we compare ourselves to these “superheroes” and wonder why our “superpowers” don’t help us win all our battles against evil.
- Paul’s superpower was boldness – I wish I could be as bold as him. I wish I could fearlessly carry the gospel into hostile places like he did.
- Barnabas’ superpower was forgiveness – I wish I could forgive people the way Barnabas forgave Paul for persecuting the church and Mark for deserting him and Paul on their missionary journey.
- David’s superpower was bravery – I wish could be as brave as David was in the face of enemies likes lions and giants and wicked kings.
- Esther’s superpower was faith in God – I wish I could be as confident in my faith as Esther was even when she was facing the possibility of the death of all of her nation.
- Mary’s superpower was trust in God – I wish I could trust God as Mary did even when she knew she was going to be shamed for being pregnant out of wedlock.
And what is the result of all of this comparing ourselves to people we have made into superheroes?
All of these lead to distancing ourselves from God. We know that we can never live up to these “superheroes” and our “superpowers” will never be equal to theirs so there’s really no point in trying. No point in asking God for help – we will always be second-rate, barely making it into the kingdom.
Sounds terrible, right? But there is an antidote.
Let go of the superhero/superpower myth and start telling yourself the truth.
- God made me as I am on purpose.
- God started a good work in me and will finish it.
- Jesus is the author, perfecter, and finisher of my faith.
Who is the subject of those statements? God is!
Who is the real superhero? God is!
And what is His superpower (among others)? Making something pretty special out of ordinary people like you and me.
Paul, Barnabas, David, Esther, and Mary were not superheroes and they didn’t have superpowers, but they had a God who is the only superhero with an endless supply of true superpowers.
And YOU have the SAME God!
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