Monday, April 24, 2017

When Spider-Man Got Biblical

I have a confession to make.  Here goes:  I enjoy comic book movies.  Whether it's Avengers, Batman, or whatever, I enjoy them all.

Years ago, I was watching a Spider-Man movie.  In one scene, Uncle Ben was talking with young Peter Parker.  Sitting there in a car, the older, wiser man imparts this bit of wisdom to the young superhero:  "With great power comes great responsibility."  What a quote!!

This morning, I read a Bible verse that has the same idea.  Jesus said the following in Luke 12:48 - "From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded."  Did you catch His point?  He's saying that God expects His people to utilize and maximize the talents and abilities that He invested in them.

What skills and gifts has God hardwired into you?  Maybe He equipped you to be a caregiver, farmer, teacher, janitor, receptionist, lawyer, housekeeper, musician, administrator, waitress, nursery worker, sales clerk, writer, or something else.  Whatever it is, do what God put you on this Earth to do.  Do it with excellence and enthusiasm.  Give it your best and have a positive attitude about it.

I firmly believe that God expects us to put into practice whatever He has put into us.  And doesn't He have the sovereign right to expect us to fulfill our roles as long as their is breath in our bodies?  Of course He does.

So let's all identify what power God inserted into each of us.  No, we're most likely not superheroes.  That stuff is for comic books and movies.  But we do have something with which God has blessed us.  Whatever that may be, let's use it to make this world a better place.  And let's use it to bring a smile to God's face.

Jesus said it first in real life.  And Uncle Ben said it later in a fictitious story.  We must be responsible with the powers we have been given and use them to the fullest. 

So let's get busy and do what we were put here to do! 

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