I’ll admit it and come clean. I’m just an overgrown kid who’s a superhero junkie! How does this relate to Jesus? Stay with me and I’ll show you.
My first superhero was Underdog. As a small girl, I’d watch it with my papaw (grandfather) who recently passed away in June. For those of you who were alive and actually remember the 70s, we had the Superfriends with the Wonder Twins on Saturday morning. My favorite ones are Superman, Wonder Woman, and Batman. It doesn’t stop there. I have The Incredibles on DVD and I watch Sky High whenever it’s on.
My favorite superhero car is the Batmobile! It had a rocket in the back and a metal shield on demand. I wish I had it when I used to work in West Knoxville on Cedar Bluff. Talk about cutting through traffic! But, if I could fly like Superman, then I wouldn't need the Batmobile.
So how does all this relate to Jesus? To me, Philippians 4:13 is a superhero verse for Christians, “I can do all this through him who gives me strength,” (NIV). Wow, what a powerful verse! For those of us who have accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, the power of the Holy Spirit, the power of the Resurrection, is always at our disposal. We don’t have to pop a power pill or eat spinach (yuck) to get it. We just have to pray. We just have to plug into it.
I think we get so busy in our daily lives with our jobs, family, housework and even church work that we forget about reaching out to the Holy Spirit for strength. Maybe some of us do remember the Holy Spirit is there, but we don't realize just how truly powerful He is.
As Christians, we can do something much better than jumping over buildings or picking up trains; we can help to further the Kingdom of God. Through Him, we can accomplish the impossible. We can make a difference in people’s lives. We can effect eternity.
All superheroes share a common threat in that they’re vulnerable to something. Take Superman for example. If he gets too close to Kryptonite, it saps out all of his energy and superstrength. But our power, the Holy Spirit, has no vulnerability. It will NEVER be weak, NEVER wear out, and will NEVER let us down. How super-awesome is that?
Now, if I could be a comic book superhero, I would be Chocolate Girl. In order to get my superpowers, I would have to eat pounds of chocolate. I wouldn't gain any weight or break out. And I would have a long flowing cape with a big C on it! Perhaps God will make my fantasy a reality in Heaven one day.