Have you ever wondered why the Marvel Universe is so popular? Why are people seemingly obsessed with these superheroes? Why do you love a hero in a story but feel like a zero in your own life?
I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live but Christ lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.Galatians 2:20
For the believer, the true hero in every story is Christ. He saved you, and he is saving those around you. Sometimes he uses you, your own story, which he is authoring, to share that saving grace. You may be tempted to think that you need a large platform to share your story, as if you are the exception, thinking “No one has a story like my story.” Be careful! This is superhero syndrome, or simply put, pride. Likewise, you may downplay your story, also a form of self-loathing pride. God is writing his story in a body of believers, and no one is the exception. He shows no partiality. We each simply have a part to play in his story.
What if you lived believing that his desire is to manifest his glory not only in the big things but in the little things, the seemingly mundane parts of your life? Would you share of his goodness more often? Would you build the kingdom on this earth every day? Are you, Christian, content to flesh out your marvel in the mundane of everyday life? What if it is not only enough, but marvelous, to manifest the glory of God in the simplicity of your daily relationships, rituals, and routines? Are you giving yourself permission to be ordinary, knowing that the extra in your ordinary is simply because you are a child of God?
“I choose to run towards my problems and not away from them because that’s what heroes do.” – Thor
We all have problems. What if the Hero who lives in you, the Holy Spirit, were free to work in and through you in the next right thing, one step at a time? The flesh wants to run from hard things and difficult problems, but the Holy Spirit calls you to lean in. You may undervalue the opportunity in the small things, but remember, your Hero loves to exponentially manifest his glory through the offering of your little loaves and fish (Matthew 14). Sometimes the very answer to your prayers is the opportunity you are avoiding.
What if you turned your gaze from pornography, endless scrolling, the bottle, virtual reality, or your sedative of choice to attune to the actual human beings around you? What if you purposed to gaze upon their beauty as fellow image-bearers and to intentionally pour into these real relationships for his glory? What if you stopped looking for a platform, a microphone, or your next hill to die on, and instead embraced the opportunities to cultivate conversation with your family, neighbors, friends, and those in your own community? What if you began noticing differences and, rather than running away, you moved towards others to invest in learning more about them, discovering their hurts, fostering healing, and aiming toward biblical reconciliation?
Are you content to lay down your life and allow the true Hero of your story to receive all the glory? Your identity and purpose are secure in his grace. Your desires are met in his mercy. Your community is complete by the power of the Holy Spirit. He is the Hero who shines the marvel into your mundane.
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.2 Corinthians 13:14