An Everyday Hero
What is a Superhero? Or better yet, who? Who can live up to such high standards? Superheroes are strong, courageous, and fearless! They possess super human strengths and powers, and come with cool names. But the truth is, superheroes are totally unrealistic. In a flash, they’re there one minute and gone the next. They conceal themselves behind a mask, because unveiling their true identity is never an option. And they usually remain unseen, only leaving their mark on a building or in the sky.
You might not have access to a Bat Signal, but did you know that we too have a mark? It’s not meant to be left on buildings, but on the hearts of people. When we place our lives in the hands of Jesus, He removes our mask. Why? Because superheroes are unrelatable, and broken people need to see real people. They can relate to everyday heroes who have overcome some of the same battles they are walking through.
When Jesus gave His sermon on the mount, He didn’t have a cape, nor did He come and go in a flash. He went up the mountainside and sat down. Jesus, the ultimate Superhero, chose to sit putting himself at the level of others. And from the platform of mountaintop Jesus gave us the tools for the mundane.
So let me tell you why you are here:
You’re here to be salt – seasoning that brings out the God-flavors of this earth.
You’re here to be light-bringing out the God-colors in the world.
God is not a secret to be kept. – Matthew 5:13-16
The world is lost and in need of a Savior. Superheroes are limited to being in one place at a time; Jesus is everywhere. He lives in you, and in me. If we want to reach those who are broken and hurting, we have to tap into the power of the Holy Spirit. Otherwise, we will try to make things happen with our own strength causing us to come up short every time. Jesus is asking us to be obvious, yet subtle; to reside in the tension of the light, and the salt. As we let God’s light shine through us, we illuminate the world around us – exposing built up lies, bringing clarity, and revealing grace and truth. We are the flavor of the world. Jesus says that our saltiness is what makes us useful. So, is what you’re doing now useful? Does your life make people thirsty for Jesus? Are you someone’s everyday hero?
You are this salt and light by:
Showing up consistently
By believing and having faith
Through your actions and good deeds
And by relying on the Holy Spirit
So, put on the belt of truth. The breastplate of righteousness. The shoes of the Gospel of peace. The shield of faith. The helmet of salvation. And the sword of the Spirit. Suit-up heroes! The world needs rescuing. And Jesus needs you to be his sidekick.