It may be a stretch.
But I don't care.
If there is one thing that being a mommy and youth minister has taught me, its that I can honestly find the "God-lesson" in anything from house cleaning to a revival meeting. All it takes is a willingness to allow God to speak to you and an understanding and knowledge of His Word... and voila, you have a constant parade of lessons in every day events.
Recently our family dressed in some pretty "SUPER" fashions and paraded around our church for the annual Fall Festival. Dressing like a Super Hero was fun, but the Christian lessons we can draw from "How To Be a Super Hero" are even better (see the blog right before this one).
For the sake of keeping the order the same as the previous blog, you must understand that they may not be in exact Biblical order or accuracy, but bear with me.
Super Hero Lessons on Christianity
You must have the appropriate Super Hero clothing.
We are instructed in the book of Ephesians that there is an appropriate outfit that all Christians should wear. No, it's not a suit and tie. No, it's not the newest Christian t-shirt.
It's the Armor of God (see: Ephesians 10: 13-17).
This Armor is better than any Super Hero shield because it protects you from the "schemes" of the Devil... our adversary. It's pretty important attire. Don't be a spiritual streaker, put on some clothes!
You should begin the search for a sidekick.
Everyone has a best friend, someone they rely on for everything from laughs to good fun and sometimes good meals. Christ is that incredible sidekick. We are told in Proverbs 18:24 that "there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother". Jesus is that man. Period. Of course He deserves to be much more than just our "side kick" but I thought it was a cute relatable point.
Discover your super hero talent/ability.
Each person on earth is gifted at something and some are gifted at many things. The key to earthly success is discovering that gift and capitalizing on it. While discovering your "spiritual" gift might not be something you capitalize on or market for monetary gain, it is something that is worthwhile discovering. Romans 12 gives us the indication that God has given us all an ability to contribute to His kingdom. It may take some searching, some prodding, but finding it is essential to spreading the message of Christ.
Be acutely aware of your strengths.
Being a Christian requires a lot of dependence, something that many of us are not good at. In fact, to be a true Christ follower we have to be willing to sacrifice, and sometimes the sacrifice we bring is one of humility and dependence. Paul states in 2 Corinthians 12: 9-10, that God's power is made perfect in our weakness. Who knew that being weak could/would be a good thing? Seriously though, relinquishing control to your Heavenly Father is infinitely more important than holding onto your feeble human "strength" (no matter how super you think you are).
Know your enemies.
This one may seem like a no-brainer. Who is our enemy as Christians? Well duh, the Devil (so says 1 Peter 5:8), he is the bad guy. But how often do you see and hear of Christians fighting amongst themselves? Why do we treat each other in word and deed as if we are the enemy? Christians have effectively become their own worst enemy. It is time for us to become fully aware of who we are fighting.
Find your Super Hero Mate.
It is assumed that we will all find that "soul mate" at some point in our lives. We will marry, reproduce, and live long, happy lives with our significant other. There are certainly beautiful examples of marriage and family in Biblical stories, but there is no specific command to marry (of course in the Old Testament God tells His people to reproduce). However, in Ecclesiastes we are told that a "cord of three strands is not easily broken", a verse that many use to explain the bond of marriage and the importance of faith based marriage.
I cannot promise that you have the perfect mate waiting for you, but I can encourage you to search wisely and find someone that shares your faith and life goals and passions.
You must perfect the Super Hero Stance.
Being a professing believer in Christ in our society is comparable to living in a fishbowl. Everyone is watching you all the time, waiting to see if you'll "mess up". Living under such pressure may not always be fun but scripture tells us in 1 Peter 3:15, that we should always be prepared to give an answer. Even when you feel like no one should be looking at you, they are... and you should be ready. So live your life above reproach, don't give anyone a reason to call you a "hypocrite".
All Super Heroes have a family.
I live with some amazing people. My extended family is phenomenal. And my faith family is absolutely amazing. No matter who you are, connecting with others is vital to human emotional success and stability. The same is true whether you are a super hero or not.