This is the second blog post on looking at our faith through the lens of Superman. In the first post, we saw how Superman points towards Jesus, and if you missed it – you can find it here. This post is all about how WE can point to Jesus and be ‘little christs’ to a world in need.
OUR CALLING – LITTLE CHRISTS
“You will give the people an ideal to strive towards. They will race behind you, they will stumble, they will fall. But in time, they will join you in the sun. In time, you will help them accomplish wonders.” (Jor-El)
This is spoken to Kal-El (Superman) but it could just as easily be spoken to God the Father to Jesus… Apart from the whole sun thing, which I’d change to ‘Kingdom of God’. On the adventure of life, we will follow Jesus, and we may stumble and fall, but every fall we learn a little bit more and build up a bit more strength, and eventually we will become more like Christ.
But I want to take it even further – I believe that if you’ve given your life to Jesus and made the decision to follow him, you are already in the ‘sun’ (kingdom of God) and he will do immeasurably more through you than you can ever think or imagine. He will use you to lead others into his kingdom.
KINGDOM OF HEAVEN
So what is this ‘Kingdom of Heaven’? It’s where God resides – where nothing is impossible, there is no sickness, no death, no hurting, no crying, no cancer, no divorce, no debt, no addictions, no frustration, no anger, no violence, no depression, no evil. In short, it’s GOD IN ALL HIS GOODNESS.
Christians believe there are two parts to each of us. A lot of the world believe that when you die, you just cease to exist because we only live as physical bodies, which is pretty depressing! But the Bible tells us that there is another part – an eternal spiritual life that begins when you decide to follow God. So it’s like having two passports, one earthly and one heavenly. And we exist in the Kingdom of God while still living on Earth.
[biblegateway passage=”JOHN 1:12-13″ display=”JOHN 1:12-13: ‘Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.'”]
So if we are children of God and we’re in His kingdom, how should that affect our lives?
In the Lord’s Prayer which you may say regularly at school, or you may remember Cliff Richard’s rendition a few years ago…! Or maybe not.. Anyway, verse 10 of MATTHEW 6:9-13 says this:
[biblegateway passage=”MATTHEW 6:9-13″ display=”MATTHEW 6:9-13: ‘Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven'”]
So Jesus tells us to pray that Earth would reflect what’s happening in heaven which means it’s possible to see God’s power at work on Earth. So in effect, we live to see the kingdom of God be built on Earth… CS Lewis agreed with this thinking, he said:
SALT & LIGHT
Jesus taught people about doing this and how they should point to Him:
[biblegateway passage=”MATTHEW 5:13-16″ display=”MATTHEW 5:13-16: ‘You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet. You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven'”]
We have a divine calling to be SALT – give taste to the world, bring out the flavours, preserve creation the way God intended it to be and make people thirsty for more of Him. We also have the calling to be LIGHT – dispersing darkness wherever we go. White light is made up of every colour in the spectrum, so let’s light up with world with new colours that people aren’t even aware of!! If God’s presence is the light within us, we need to let His light shine in the most powerful way possible.
BUT HOW? How can we point to Jesus? How do we become salt and light?
YOU ARE AN INFLUENCER!
Life could be seen as just a long series of decisions to make. How many alarms to set for the morning – I usually set about 3 or 4, and then in the morning whether to get up or hit the snooze button for the 10th time… Then what we have for breakfast, whether we wear the same pants for the second week running… It’s all pretty exhausting!
And that’s just the decisions that aren’t really that serious. There are also some deeper questions – do I really believe all this christian stuff, is the Bible relevant to me? Do I believe in God? What am I going to grow up to be like? Am I making a difference?
Superman’s dad says:
“There’s a new season coming, there’s new ground and God wants you to experience it. Experience Him. THERE IS ALWAYS MORE.”
You may not have the supernatural powers that Superman has, but I firmly believe, like Superman’s dad says: you ARE going to change the world – it’s thought that even the most introverted person will influence 10,000 people in their lifetime. So you need to decide whether that influence is going to be positive or negative.. A tiny bit of salt makes a massive difference to a dish and even just one candle in a dark room allows people to see loads! You can make a huge difference!!
STAY PLUGGED IN
[biblegateway passage=”JOHN 15:5″ display=”JOHN 15:5: ‘I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.'”]
Jesus told us that we need to stay connected to Him to produce fruit (which is all good things!). Spending time with God is the first step. I’m learning this more and more and I cannot emphasise how important it is – it’s in that time when you spend time with God, that you are filled up with the Holy Spirit and you get a perspective on the world, you get free, you become who you were designed to be.
The reality is that being ‘little Christs’ means that we get to live life to the full. Being creative, learning new things every day, being hope to the world, doing God’s work on earth including miracles, leading others to Him, turning the world upside down.
There is something that Jesus says that has always astounded me. It’s the instruction that we can live a life like he did… Plus do ‘even greater things’. I’m not entirely sure what the ‘greater things’ are but I long to see the sort of things Jesus did happen through us as a church going into the world being salt and light. By grace, it’s within reach!
[biblegateway passage=”JOHN 14:12-13″ display=”JOHN 14:12-13: ‘Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.'”]
In the film ‘Man of Steel’, Clark Kent must make a costly choice whether to step into his destiny. I think it’s the same for us. It might feel like we’re doing alright, might feel like all this heavenly stuff, all this ‘living like christ’ stuff is a bit too much effort and a bit out of reach and actually you’d rather just stay as you are. Superman wanted to just stay as his earthly dad’s son. HOWEVER when he steps over that line and pursues something more, something deeper, he emerges into an incredible and powerful destiny. It’s the same for us. There’s a new season coming, there’s new ground and God wants you to experience it. Experience Him. THERE IS ALWAYS MORE.
OPEN YOUR HEART
I had this picture a few months ago in worship – this opening of my chest and letting God see all, being completely open to him, opening my heart to what we wanted to do in me. It was like this ripping open my ribcage and freeing my heart to receive him.
I think that relates to what we’re talking about today – every day we need to come back to the start, back to the main thing – our relationship with God and open ourselves up to live freely in his grace.
I believe God wants to release you into a new season of being set apart, seeing the kingdom of heaven break in through you. It’s like when you open up and let him in, the hope inside comes out – POINTING TO JESUS IN ALL YOU DO.
God wants to see you SOAR like superman, he wants to clothe you in a new suit which gives you a new identity.
Strip away the natural and let the supernatural shine through you!!