I have the most amazing grandchildren!
Gary and I visited them a couple of weeks ago and we loved every minute.
We had been at their house for less than an hour when our 4-year-old grandson came to me and looked me straight in the eyes.
“Grandma, I have a secret,” he said earnestly. “I am Batman.”
This is so cute and fun! He knows in his heart that he is a superhero.
Children are brilliant.
They absorb the world around them. They have not yet learned to shut down the creativity and joy that they were born with.
As an adult, I have worked hard to re-engage my creativity and joy. I’m doing better. How are you doing?
“Then Jesus called for the children and said to the disciples, ‘Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like these children.’” – Luke 18:16 (NLT)
“Then he said, ‘I tell you the truth, unless you turn from your sins and become like little children, you will never get into the Kingdom of Heaven.’” – Matthew 18:3 (NLT)
When we were young, each of us knew that we were special, amazing and “supernatural.”
Do you remember when you knew you had superpowers? When you knew that you were special and unique?
Whether you knew you were a superhero, a princess, a prince or a mixture of the above, something in you knew that you were created to be amazing.
That is God’s truth about you! Scripture expresses that we are extraordinary. We were created in His image, for a specific purpose.
“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” – Ephesians 2:10 (NIV)
Not only did God create us to be amazing and have a purpose, but he also makes sure we have everything we need to accomplish that purpose by bringing heaven to earth. Jesus sacrificed for us that we would have the Spirit of God living in us. This is “supernatural.”
You and I are children of the most High God and His Spirit lives in us. We are “supernatural.”
Jesus also told us that although He did great things when He was on the earth, we would do “even greater things.”
“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. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.” – John 14:12-14 (NIV)
Yet, we often forget who we are. We come under the gloom of the world. We forget that Jesus calls us the light of the world.
“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” – Matthew 5:14-16 (NIV)
I have to remember to plug my light, the God-given light that is in me, into the power-source of heaven.
Sometimes I sit and wonder why the light is not shining. Why life seems so hard, heavy or dark.
Then, I realize that I am not plugged in. I am not taking time with the Lord…I am not meditating on His truth and instead I am coming under the heaviness of this world.
The beauty of walking with the Lord is that He is always there.
I may forget. I may let go. But He never forgets or lets go of me. I may distance myself through apathy, woundedness, pain or weariness, but He is always there.
All I need to do is plug back in to the power source of God’s Spirit through prayer, worship, Scripture and rest.
God’s presence is always available.
After I am plugged in, it is time to turn the switch to “on” and take this light source called ME out into the dark world that is famished for heaven’s light.
I encourage you to declare these truths over yourself:
– I am the light of the world because the light of the world flows through me.
– I live where I live because God placed me here.
– Jesus is for me, not against me.
– I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.
– My Jesus has overcome the world.
As I put my superhero grandson to bed that night, we prayed together and thanked Jesus for all sorts of things.
He ended his prayers with a whisper, “And thank you for making me Batman.”
May my grandson, and all of us, never forget that we serve the greatest Superhero who ever was and ever will be. Because of Him, we are all superheroes.