i was watching Docrot Who on catch up, and it features a superhero character, a young guy swallows some gemstone from the Doctor and suddenly had superpowers, flies, superhuman strength and all that type of of thing.
As I flicked through my film magazine I have been struck by how many superhero movies there are coming out in 2017.
Ordinary people able to do extraordinary things.
Ordianry people able to overcome overwhelming obsticals.
As I thought about Superheroes I began to think how many of these guys are geeks -Spider-Man and SuperMan- not perfect toothed and chisled jawed Bond type but clumsy folk, awkward around the opposite sex and wear thick black rimmed glases!
The intersting thing about most of the superheroes ive watched is that they firstly have an acute sense of right and wrong, often the only one with the courage to not be swept along with the prevailing culture who seems oblivious to the wiles of the enermy, who seems to everyone else to be a good chap, but the superhero knows better.
Also, the superhero has the courage to act and not be a bystander, isn’t able to stand back and watch destruction, pain and hurt occur without doing something to prevent it.
Often too, the superhero, is prepared to to risk it all for the sake of the vision of a transformer and better world, risking their lives often for the sake of someone so minor their character isn’t given a name on the final credits.
And yet as I thought more about this, I began to think actually the superheroes idea actually can teach us something of what it means to be followers of Jesus.
Now hold fire before you start donning a mask and wearing your pants on the outside of your clothes… But have a think about who we are.
We are ordinary people,we may feel a bit geeky or nerdy (I’m told there is a difference!) at times and yet we are ordinary people able to do extra-ordinary things, overcome overwhealming obsticals.
Yet as followers of Christ we are frontline fighters against an enermy the world is hoodwinked by.
As followers of Christ we are called not to just stand by but get involved and risking it all.
And although we dont have comic book abilities, we are temples of the Holy Spirit.
God himself, God of heaven, living within us.
He that is within us is greater than he that is within the world.
The same Holy Spirit is within us than that which raised Jesus from the dead.
I believe we should be expectant that God will work through us, Colosians talks of “God making his appeal through us” (just a few verses after it talks about “Christ In us the hope of glory”,reminding us of the illustration from 2 Corinthians talking about treasure -the Kingdom of God within us- in jars of clay -our common humanity).
So, although we’re not swinging around from building to building, we can be expectant that our very presence where-ever we go beings the light of Christ with us and thwarts the enermy, just our presence alters the a Spiritual DNA of the place. God himself chooses to shine out from us.
We have a God who chooses to work through his people, he wants his people to ben expectant, he even says “you will do greater things than I”.
More over he says to us “Just as my Father sent me, so I am sending you”. Luke and Paul write in scripture a lot about spiritual gifts, Luke showing Jesus performing miracles, authority over sickness, natural, the demonic and death, but then shows both 1st, 2nd and 3rd generation of CHristians being active in healing, deliverance and even resurrection.
The Apostle Paul reminds us that “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” and that God can do “immeasurably more than we can ask or imagine”. Be expectant that God wants to use us both in our normal and natural every day CHristian life AND supernaturally.
He promises “to give us the words to say” our words have a prophetic edge, sometimes we realise it, other times (often) we don’t… “We hold out the word,that give life” (Phil).
Our prayers can change and rewrite history “the prayer of a righteous person acomplishes much” through Christ we have the authority to see body, mind and spirit healed.
The problem is we have this awesome power at our disposal and yet sadly it is under used in our everyday life.
Sometimes we feel like Gideon “I am the least in my family and my family is the least in Manasah” and yet God used him mightily. The issue has never been whether God can use us to transform his world, the issue is whether we let him work in us as through us.
So let us go I’m to 2017 with a holiness and with courage, willing to speak and serve for Christ’s glory, but also prayerfully expectant to be used by God both through natural and supernatural means.
We might not wander around in capes with a big S on our fronts, but we have a missionand a generous God who equips thise he calls, and I believe he is calling you to tonight.
Today if you hear his voice do not harden your heart, instead lets respond in faith and expectancey that God will work through us supernormally and supernaturally.
As we step into 2017 let us remember we are not left high and dry but all the resources of heaven at our disposal.