This month at C3 Church Curitiba, we are doing a sermon series called Real Men: Superheroes. The reality is that there is a superhero inside of all of us wanting to get out. I will be posting a few of the things that I have preached on and some of the insights that have come out of this series.
“Not everyone is meant to make a difference. But for me, the choice to lead an ordinary life is no longer an option…Whatever life holds in store for me, I will never forget these words: “With great power comes great responsibility.” This is my gift, my curse. Who am I? I’m Spiderman.” Peter Parker/Spiderman
If you are a fan of the Spiderman movies and/or comic books, you know that Peter Parker was just a teen-ager when he got bitten by the radioactive spider, giving him incredible super powers. The question was then, “What do I do with these new powers?” He had a chance to use those powers to prevent a criminal from escaping. He chose not to get involved and that same criminal ended up murdering Peter’s uncle.
It was then that Spiderman became a crime fighter. He began to prowl the city, using his super powers to prevent crime, apprehend criminals and protect the innocent. At the same time, he still experiences all the struggles of a normal teen-ager. He struggles to hold a job, pay his bills, and has to lie to those he is closest to.
The movies and the comic books portray Peter Parker trying to come to terms with his desire to lead a “normal” life and the realization that his super powers are a gift with which he can protect and serve others. This is a struggle that many Christians face as well. “Why can’t I just go to church on Sundays, pay my tithes, provide for my family and live a good life?”
If we are honest, however, we know that we were created for more. God has placed a call, a mission, a vision, within the DNA of each one of us. How many of us are willing to let God unlock that call? For a follower of Jesus, there is no such thing as an “ordinary” life.
“With great power comes great responsibility.” For those of us who are followers of Jesus, we have been given great power. How are you using that power? The power is given to help us serve others as we build God’s Kingdom here on earth. What part of you going to play?
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