It seems like there is a lot of talk these days about superheros or discovering your superpower. A recent encounter, in of all places while standing in line to check out of a local store reminded me of this topic.
Two gentlemen standing behind me struck up a conversation as they waited their turn to check out. The topic, the blockbuster movie, “Avengers Endgame”.
In case you have been living in another galaxy lately this is the fourth movie in the Marvel Avenges movie series. It premiered April 26, 2019 and is the biggest worldwide film opening since 2002.
I grew up a fan of comic book superheros. As a child I remember my mother using safety pins to attach the corners of a bath towel to each of my shoulders and I would fly out the door to join the other neighborhood superheros as we all sported our makeshift capes.
I also spent a fair amount of time visiting the local store who carried comic books. I would select the newest edition and plop down my ten cents in payment (I know I’m dating myself but that is how much they cost when I was a kid). They were also my stocking stuffer from Santa at Christmas. Those days and my comic book collection are long gone but I still love a good superhero story.
That’s why I couldn’t help but listen to the conversation behind me as I waited to check out.
They shared with each other that neither had seen the movie yet but were looking forward to doing so. Then one gent shared how the question of what the greatest superpower is can stir quite a debate.
At that moment I looked up to catch the glance of my friend who was checking out ahead of me as she mouthed her answer “Jesus!”. I smiled and nodded to her because I was thinking the same thing.
Comic books and movies depict our fascination with superheroes and their superpowers but in our hearts and minds we know it’s just a fantasy. But if you are a follower of Jesus, you have a superpower and it’s no fantasy. Scripture reminds us that when we have accepted Jesus as the forgiver of our sins and the leader of our lives we have a real superpower. He gives us the power to face and deal with any situation we face.
“I can do all things [which He has called me to do] through Him who strengthens and empowers me [to fulfill His purpose-I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency; I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him who infuses me with inner strength and confident peace.]” Philippians 4:13 (AMP)
It’s important not to take this verse out of context as many often do, focusing on the “I can” and forgetting the power is from Jesus and we receive it when we remain in Him. That’s why I like the way the Amplified Bible translates it. It makes the why and the how abundantly clear.
But it doesn’t stop there. That’s because when you have surrendered your life to Christ you have the Holy Spirit living in you. In Ephesians 3:16 (NLT) the Apostle Paul prayed, “I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit.”
That means as believers we have some remarkable things at our disposal. Not just superpowers but supernatural power. “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.” – Ephesians 3:20 (NIV)
So, if this power is available to us then why aren’t we living like it? The simple answer is we are at war. Check out Ephesians 2:1-3 if you don’t believe me. These verses show us we are at war with three things, Satan, our flesh, and the world. But God gives us everything we need, we just have to use it.
I can hear your next question, “How do I tap into the power of the Holy Spirit?” Try these three ways:
- Spend daily time in the Word and prayer. This is the number one most important thing you can do. I take that back not can do but must do if you want to live the unique story God has penned for you to the fullest. You need to recharge your battery daily or you won’t have the power you need. Think of your cell phone it you don’t recharge it daily it is useless to you.
- Ponder your life regularly. See I Thessalonians 5:19. Is there anything that is putting a wall between you and the Holy Spirit? Examine yourself to make sure there are no unconfessed sins.
- Take action on what the Holy Spirit is teaching you. We have all heard the expression use it or lose it. When God teaches us a lesson, it’s not just for our benefit. He wants us to use it to bless others. See Colossians 3:12 and 2 Corinthians 1:3-4. How we do that will look different for each of us but we need to be aware of the lessons He is teaching us and ask the Holy Spirit to direct our step in how we use what we have learned.
While I plan to watch “Avengers Endgame” I know that Hollywood can’t create a superhero as incredible as our God. Superman, Batman, Spiderman, Ironman, and all the others can’t hold a candle to what God can do in and through us if we are living a surrendered abiding life in Christ.
“The world has yet to see what God will do through one man fully surrendered to Him. By the grace of God, I will be that man.” – D.L. Mody
How is God guiding you to use your superpower?