Summary: With God’s Holy Spirit in control of our lives, we can become superheroes of the faith!
Have you ever wanted to be a Superhero?
Be honest now!
Maybe you’ve always wanted to be like Superman...or Batman...or Spiderman...or for the ladies, perhaps Wonder Woman!
For most folks, no matter what their age might be, that would be a dream come true!
1.) Fighting the forces of evil!
2.) Saving people from certain doom!
3.) Looking great in Spandex tights!
But just as quick as we might think about how cool it would be to be a Superhero, we realize that it will never happen!
...Or can it happen?
A short while ago, comic-book creator, Stan Lee and company created a 6-week reality-based television series entitled, "Who Wants to be a Superhero?"
As a part of their initial search, they sent out nationwide notices stating that they were looking for folks who have never lost that inner drive to be a Superhero.
These folks arrived in droves to tryout for this show. They arrived decked out as their own custom Superhero...complete with capes, utility belts, and weapons!
This massive field was finally narrowed down to 12 "wanna’ be" Superheroes. It was actually only 11, since one of them was a Traitor!
Hmmm... Sounds familiar, doesn’t it?
The 11 remaining were quickly reduced to 10, when the Superhero Levity was eliminated for greedy motives not becoming of a true superhero!
A show with morals, now that’s amazing!
But it was the next challenge that really caught my attention!
Here’s a quick superhero refresher course…
As everyone knows, most superheroes have their everyday normal identity, like mild-mannered Clark Kent! But when Clark sees a dangerous situation, he immediately locates a telephone booth and changes into Superman and then whisks off to save the day!
Prior to this 2nd challenge, all of the superheroes on the show were given their own personal communicators and told to dress in their normal street clothes. They were also told to bring their superhero costume with them.
After arriving in a semi-crowded public place, Stan Lee gave them their briefing instructions...He said that when he individually contacts them on their communicators, they were to quickly find a private place to change and then swiftly run to a designated goal area in true superhero style!
Feedback was the first one to get the call...
He quickly changed behind a nearby Port-a-Potty and ran like the wind! But near the end of the public course, the crew had placed a young girl who was crying for her mother and shouting that she was lost.
Feedback raced by her without stopping! Whoosh!
Later…Monkey-Woman, complete with bananas on her utility belt, also raced by her without stopping!
Major Victory, my favorite superhero of the group, stopped and said, "Where is the mother of this child?" After no response, he then asked her to climb into his arms and he carried her in true superhero style to help!
Three other Superheroes stopped to help her, all knowing that this would ruin their chances of a good time on the course.
After the challenge was over, Stan Lee gathered the superheroes back together again for an elimination. He explained to them that the challenge was not about the fastest changer or the runner with the quickest time...it was about the those who had the hearts of true superheroes ...selflessly giving of themselves and risking their own wants and needs! He said that the heart of a true superhero puts his or her own goals aside to show love and compassion to others!
Wow! Without quoting one verse of scripture, Stan Lee gave the heart of Jesus’ message about the Good Samaritan to us this morning!
Major Victory said, “Stan wants us to be super humans! It would easier if he asked me to fly!”
A true superhero for Christ is one with a heart like that…a heart that has been transformed by the love of Christ!
It is a life that has been given supernatural power to be victorious!
But all too often we feel a little like Major Victory, this task of Christian love is way too hard! Like trying to live the kind of love that Paul writes of in 1 Corinthians 13!
In our Christian walks, we are a little bit like a Clark Kent with amnesia! We have forgotten to tap into the marvelous power that God has left at our disposal! God has called us to be Supermen and Superwomen of faith, walking in all of the power and authority that He has freely given to us!
If anyone of the early believers would have seemed to have had all that they needed, it would have been the disciples gathered around Jesus just prior to his ascension on the Mount of Olives…they were true believers! But Jesus knew that they would need more than salvation to be victorious in the mission he had given them!