May God himself, the God who makes everything holy and whole, make you holy and whole, put you together—spirit, soul, and body—and keep you fit for the coming of our Master, Jesus Christ. The One who called you is completely dependable. If he said it, he’ll do it!
— 1 Thessalonians 5:23–24 MSG
In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.
— Romans 8:26–27 NIV
Now may the God of peace – who brought up from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great Shepherd of the sheep, and ratified an eternal covenant with his blood – may he equip you with all you need for doing his will.
— Hebrews 13:20–21 NLT
It seems like every kid wants to be a super hero, or at least have a super power, at some point. It could be any number of things. Whether it’s hearing someone else’s thoughts, being invisible, flying, make things appear or disappear, the possibilities seem endless.
As we grow up, we begin to accept that this will not likely be our reality. I do think, as a believer, I’ve come to understand that I do somewhat live out a version of this childhood fantasy. I see there is nothing too great or out of reach for God. He has the power above and over all things, and when we have a relationship with Christ, we can live totally empowered by him.
God is the ultimate superhero. He is the definition, and without him, even the stories of heroes are not possible. It all begins with salvation. Without Jesus as my Savior, I’m nothing. In fact, I’m destined to death. I’m destined for defeat, and I live a life without hope. In Jesus, all things are possible because he is my Savior. He is my Lord. I’m covered by the blood of his righteousness.
God is the ultimate planner. He spoke the world into existence. He created all things and is over all things. Long before my parents, their parents, or even my parents’ parents’ parents existed, God knew me. He knew all that I could be in him. He had a plan to instill gifts and abilities in me to be used to make a difference for his kingdom. I can’t really even fathom the depths and intricacies to which he considers us. He gives everything purpose, but without him, everything also fails to exist. Yes, there are things I am good at, but those are natural traits that God gave me, and they don’t become super powers without him. They don’t make a difference in the kingdom of God without living for him.
So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
— 1 Corinthians 10:31 ESV
When I am pursuing God and walking in the steps he has placed for me, I will always be equipped for what is before me. In fact, I will be empowered by the Holy Spirit! In actuality, without Christ I am just a Clark Kent. I have a job. I’m a pretty good person. I have things I am good at and that interest me. I carry on day to day, but I know that eventually my time will be over. I will die, and that would be the end of my story. Covered by the blood of Jesus and accepting him as my Savior transforms me into a Superman if you will. All that God created me to be is magnified and given purpose by him. He uses me for his glory, his purpose, his plan. He takes my interests and abilities and crafts them into gifts he can use in whatever way he wants as he calls wherever he leads. Staying in the lane guided, prompted, provided, and surrounded by the Lord allows me to live a truly spirit-filled life and best of all, spend eternity celebrating and worshipping him with countless other members of my heavenly family. Man, God is so very good!
Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. For through the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to each a measure of faith. For just as we have many members in one body and all the members do not have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, each of us is to exercise them accordingly: if prophecy, according to the proportion of his faith; if service, in his serving; or he who teaches, in his teaching; or he who exhorts, in his exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.
— Romans 12:1–9 NASB