Romans 12:6-8 (NLT)
“In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So, if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you. If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well. If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly.”
We are a house divided… my wife is DC Comics and I am Marvel. So, since I didn’t have to wait for her, I binged the new season of Daredevil alone. Now before you go judging me because you are a DC apologist or you think it isn’t “churchy”, I see you Game of Thrones, This is Us, and Downton Abbey fans. And there is even a very cool crisis of faith moment for the main character, Matt Murdoch, that is compelling. But I’ll save that for another time.
When you get to the end of a Netflix series, there is a period of dread and mourning we all have to confront. Is this all there is? Isn’t there more? We want more. Where does that come from?
I think it comes from a longing to be a part of a bigger story. And one that is different than the one we are currently living. I think that is why the superhero genre is so popular right now. We all want to know that we can make a difference… that we matter. That we have superpowers. In fact, who hasn’t ever considered or answered this question before, “If you could have any superpower, which one would it be?” Mine would be flying by the way.
Here is a truth though - you don’t need superhero level powers to make a difference or to be a part of a bigger story. If you are a follower of Jesus, you’re already a part of the biggest story ever. And if you aren’t already a follower of Jesus, you are a part too. No membership required… Here’s the best part. When you jump on board the Jesus train, you get gifts. And they are supernatural because they come from the one who created you. Your job description then is to use those gifts to the best of your ability in the ways described above. When you do that, you enhance other people’s stories. And that, according to my wife, is better than ANY superpower in the DC or marvel world. Even flying.