Stop being a Christian Superhero!

There are two kinds of people in the world today: those who hate the wave of superhero movies and shows in American culture and those who envision themselves as their favorite Marvel or DC character each night in their dreams. Of course, those who hate the superhero fad should just keep their thoughts to themselves.

I love superheroes! It will not profit us to argue about which one is the best (because everyone knows the Incredible Hulk would crush them all), but it is interesting to think about the draw many of us have towards superheroes. I tend to think that the reasons for it are a bit complicated, but it is worth noting that many Christians can sometimes think of Christian living in terms of superhero and supervillain warfare.

And yet, Christian living is actually quite ordinary. Sure, there are Christian giants that pepper the landscape of human history. There are those men and women who have stood in the face of much opposition and honored Christ with heroic vigor. But, this is not the norm. Most Christians have lived in obscurity, served Christ thanklessly, and witnessed to the glory of God without any fanfare.

Christians can do much good by simply living a God-honoring life in ordinary ways with some consistency. Your co-workers, friends, and especially your family take notice of your life-pattern.

Are you content with God’s provision?

Do you rest in His promises?

Are you submissive to His authority?

Do you show a love for His Word and His people?

We may sometimes fantasize about being a ‘superhero’ Christian, swooping in at the perfect moment to save the world (or at least a small village). But in this fantasy, two things will constantly happen.

First, we will be depressed by our performance. In case you didn’t know, you are not a superhero (not even a Christian one). And second, we will miss out on a thousand daily opportunities to be a real witness for Christ and help to others around us.

We would do well to stop waiting for our ‘moment’ and start enjoying the everyday life God has given us to live. He has given it to us for His glory and for our joy, so we are wise to embrace it and enjoy it.

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