You've Got To Walk Before You Can Run

Even someone as fast as Usain Bolt or Andre De Grasse, started out in the same place as everyone else – a little child, off balanced, learning how to put one foot in front of the other. Soon they developed the ability to walk quite naturally and before long they were likely speeding around the house causing their mammas all sorts of trouble (I’m speculating here, I don’t actually know either of these guys). As they grew up and matured, their bodies learned how to move faster and eventually they became two of the fastest people on the planet. They had to train and work to get to the place on the Olympic podium and they developed their skills and continually pushed themselves to be better athletes.

 In 1 Corinthians 9:25, Paul states “all athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize” (NLT). Here, Paul is drawing a comparison between earthly training and heavenly training. As followers of Jesus we must discipline ourselves physically, spiritually and emotionally so that our ability to preach the gospel and be an example of Christ’s love on earth is not hindered. Further, we must train our spiritual muscles to be ready for our “Olympic moments” when Jesus calls us to step out and run full force for his glory. But we can’t expect that we can win the medal if we haven’t spent the time training, can we? Not likely, it could happen but it probably won’t. If we start out our spiritual exercises like a toddler learning to walk, learning to balance, and learning to trust in our Heavenly Father to help us, soon enough we will be running full speed into our very own destiny.

How to Become a Superhero in Five Minutes or Less

Superhero movies have taken over the entertainment industry, between Marvel and DC the supply is seemingly endless. A few nights ago, I went to see Justice League in the theatre and I was surprised by how one character, Barry a.k.a The Flash, was afraid as the team went into their first big battle with the main villain. Batman offered him some wise words about his role in the fight -  “Just save one.” When Barry asked what to do next, Batman replied “you will know.” There were multiple civilians trapped by the villain and the Flash, in spite of his fear, rushed in (literally) to pull civilians out of harms way. After he retrieved the first civilian, he stood there in shock for a moment before he rushed back into the danger zone to pull out every person before going to help his teammates battle the villain.

We, as followers of Jesus, are called to be like the Flash and “just save one.” In spite of our fears or reservations about our role in the war against evil, our job is to rush in to aid those who are trapped and save them. Now, obviously we don’t have super-speed like the Flash that allows us to run faster than the speed of light, but we do have an insanely amazing supranatural power in us – the Holy Spirit. The only superpower we will ever need is the one we are give when we accept Jesus as our Saviour. When we submerge ourselves in the power of the Holy Spirit, the Spirit will flow out of us and give us abilities to conquer, heal, encourage and lead others. All it takes is a prayer and a little bit of faith in Christ’s overcoming power to become the ultimate superhero.

Once that choice has been made, we have two paths. We can be like Barry Allen and hide our powers away from the world, use them only in secret and never risk anything. The alternative is to become our own version of the Flash, and swallow our fears to “save one” and then another and another. We are facilitators of salvation, it is not us who saves but the power of the Holy Spirit through Christ’s death on the cross that allows us the ability to guide other people to true salvation in Jesus. We need only ask Him to give us the power, strength and courage to step into the supernatural power of the Holy Spirit. When the world needs saving, will you answer the call?