Have you ever envisioned yourself as a superhero? Perhaps as a kid, you put on the cape and pretended to fly around the room. Or maybe you’ve given thought to what superhuman skill you’d like to have. (I would love to be able to make myself invisible in case you were wondering!) Unfortunately, adulthood brings its share of challenges – so many, in fact, that it’s easy to allow reality to take the place of childish superhuman dreams.
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Did you know that the Bible says you are a superhero? Not in the sense that you’re physically invincible or able to break through walls, but spiritually. You are a child of God with the Holy Spirit living inside of you… and that makes you a superhero!
For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. – 2 Timothy 1:7 (NIV)
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” – Acts 1:8 (NIV)
Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you. – Luke 10:19 (ESV)
The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, he will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you. – Romans 8:11 (NLT)
By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence. – 2 Peter 1:3 (NLT)
God did not create us to be mere mortals. We have inherited eternal life, have been given peace and joy beyond understanding, and a supernatural strength to endure anything life throws our way. We have access to the same power that raised Jesus from the dead – He (the Holy Spirit) literally lives within us! God has equipped us with everything we could possibly need (and more) to live a godly and abundant life in Him.
Yet many of us walk around dressed as Clark Kent instead of Superman.
For most of my Christian walk, this was me. I knew Jesus died for my sins and that I was loved by God. I knew that the Holy Spirit lived within me.
But I never fully grasped who God created me to be…
Clark Kent knows he is a superhero… but what if he didn’t? Or worse yet, what if he chose to live his life as nothing more than Clark Kent? Could he have a full and normal life? Yes. He could have a great life. But how much more could he accomplish if he chose to recognize his true identity as Superman?
A time came in my Christian walk when I knew that I needed to trade in my glasses for a cape.
This was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. To be honest, I was comfortable in my glasses. The cape was scary. People generally don’t pay attention to a man in glasses, but a man walking around in tights and cape… that we notice.
But here’s the truth that we must recognize as children of God:
It’s only hard to lift a car if you’re walking around believing you are Clark Kent. For Superman, it’s easy.
As Christians, we face a lot of battles. We have a very real enemy who seeks our demise. How much easier would these battles be if we relied on our God-given, supernatural strength?
As I sit here writing this piece, my house is a mess, my daughters are both sick, and I am beyond overwhelmed at all I need to accomplish before the end of the day. It’s hard to feel like a superhero in this moment. But this I know: God longs for me to be a conqueror. He has equipped me to not only cope with today but to thrive in it. I have a choice to make – walk in His supernatural strength or try to survive the day on my own.
This is what it means to be a superhero… to walk in the supernatural strength given to us by God.
Learning to walk in our new identities as children of God takes time, but it’s God’s ultimate desire for us – to recognize who we are in Him. Our old identities are familiar and can be comforting. But spiritually speaking, you are a superhero.
And it’s time as believers to start putting on our capes and recognize who God truly equipped us to be.
*Unless otherwise indicated, Scripture quotations taken from the NASB.