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“Don't shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ —- that's where the action is. See things from his perspective.” Colossians 3:2 (The Message)
Two of my sons are into Superheroes, especially Superman and the early Batman cartoons and movies.
Have you ever noticed with Superheroes, whether it’s Superman, Spiderman or any of the others, that they do their best work in not-so-nice areas! It is seldom you see them apprehending a criminal in a multi-million dollar home, most often they are down in the sewers!
We have been given the gift of the Holy Spirit, with supernatural abilities. We have been given all that Jesus had, and more. We have the capacity to discern good from evil and then dispatch with that evil. We have been told to give to those in need, and to help those who are oppressed. Know what sounds like to me? A job description for a superhero! As Christians we are superheroes.
What if Batman never came down from his huge mansion? What if he never left his sanctuary? What if Superman did not use his super hearing to hear the distressed cry of a victim? They wouldn’t be regarded as superheroes would they?
How often as Christians have we kept our “super-powers” to ourselves? When was the last time I left the rarified air of my church, or my house to see where the need is? If you don’t get out there, you won’t see it!
I have befriended one of the moms at the school my kids attend. As she has shared with me the different things her family has been through, and continues to experience, my heart breaks. If I had not befriended her in the first place, I would have no idea what is going on. Spend enough time with non-believers and you see the hold Satan has on them.
Are you going to be a “superhero” to a hurting, desperate world that is crying out for answers? Or are you going to stay in the safe zone, locked behind the gates where it is safe, and you won’t get dirty? You prepare yourself behind those gates, but you fight the battle out in the sewers and the not-so-nice places.
Ask God to show you where you can make a difference — perhaps at work, at school, or even in the local store. Don’t keep the “power” to yourself, but use it to further His Kingdom!
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What a shame that we, as Christians are sometimes so self-absorbed that we don't act much like Jesus, the ultimate superhero. You make nice points here!
So true...He has empowered us to make a difference in this world. Good word. - Jay Cookingham