Everyone knows about Superman, Right?? Of Course. The Man of Steel. Faster than a speeding bullet! More powerful than a locomotive! Able to leap tall buildings with a single bound!
He’s a Superhero. We would all agree on this. He has special powers and giftings that enable him to help mankind. His function on earth, and to his city, is to rescue, save, and deliver from death and destruction. Yet what if he chose not to?
What if he just sat at home or somewhere ignoring everything around him? Would we still call him a Super Hero? Superman?? Would he be considered super at all? Would we consider him a hero if he never rescued, or helped anyone???
Last night at our home-group we watched, “Superman Returns.” (I Highly Recommend it.) There was a part in the movie when Superman flies above the earth and closes his eyes, and he can hear everything going on.. All the screams, cries, sirens, everything and everyone, screaming out for help. A little later on he takes Lois Lane up and asks her, “What do you hear?” Her response, “Nothing!” Superman looks at her and says, “I hear everything.. You wrote, ‘Why the World doesn’t need a Savior’ but everyday I hear the people crying out for one.” At this I challenged the kids, as I am you, what do you hear all round you? What do you hear at your office? When you are in the store? Restaurant or Where ever?? What are you hearing? Are you like Lois and hear nothing? Maybe you just hear noise, chaos? Or will you be like Superman, and hear the cries of those around you needing a savior? (Maybe this is why Jesus kept saying, “To him who has an ear, let them hear.”) Everyday we are bombarded with so much grabbing for our attention, pulling us in a vicious tug-a-war drawing us away from that which we are sent to do; distracting us from being super, into normality, and keeping us rescuing the hurting, suffering and dying.
Now, back to the question, What would everyone think of Superman if they knew he had the power, ability, the knowledge, and the gifting to rescue those that are perishing, or in danger? Surely our reaction would be, “What a JERK!” “What a Selfish idiot!!” We would call him a lot of names but none of it would be Super, or Hero..
So, what about us?? What if God has given us “Everything Pertaining to Life and Godliness?” What if we were given Heavenly Power? What if we had the power of God inside of us? What if we were given “the keys to the kingdom and whatever we bound on earth is bound in heaven”?… And what if we didn’t do anything with it? Would we still be calling Christian, Christ Like? What would everyone think of us if they knew we had the answers, but refuse to help? What will everyone say about you, me, when they find out we had the Power, the Ability, the knowledge and gifting to save them, but didn’t?? What is God going to judge us on? What will our lives reflect when we stand before Him and He ask, “What did you do with My Name?” “What did you do with My Son, with the Power of the Holy Spirit?” (Matthew 25: 31-46)
I know what you’re thinking; I don’t have the Ability, The knowledge, any gifts or talents? But I want to disagree with you.. Either Jesus is telling the truth or he lied.. Jesus said, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8) So, you have been empowered from on High! Now, “Greater is He that is in you than he that is in the World.” (1John 4:4) “Fear Not, for I have over come the world!.” (John 16:33) Now that you know this, you can know you have the strength and power; you “can do All things thru Christ who strengthens you.” (Philippians 4:13)
Next lets cover the ability to make a difference. “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.” (Ephesians 1:3) “His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.” (2 Peter 1:3 & 4)
What else do you need?? Gifting or Talent?? Let’s see.. Ephesians 4: “But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it. 8 This is why it says: “When he ascended on high, he led captives in his train and gave gifts to men.” … 12 to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.”
You have been called, chosen, picked and empowered. You have been born again, not of flesh but of spirit. Go now and be what you were created to be, Super! To be a Hero! You are called to seek and to save them that are lost. You have been empowered with an unstoppable power to rescue those who are crying out, to stop injustice! Listen… Hear those around you. (This could preach!)