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In the movie Superman, Clark Kent is an ordinary fellow who can do extraordinary things when he dons a cape and becomes a superhero to save the world.
We, too, are capable of doing extraordinary things even though we are all quite “normal.”
In Romans 12:6-8, the Bible explains that we are each equipped with a gift that is unique to us. It is something that sets us apart from others and is provided for use in serving people as we build God’s kingdom on earth. We are also equipped with unique talents and skills.
In fact, some people have said that the parable of talents Jesus taught in Matthew 25:14-30, applies not just to investing and using money wisely, but also to how we expand upon those skills we are born with. While each of us is naturally equipped to do some things extraordinarily well, it is also our responsibility to build upon that gift to equip ourselves to do even more.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” — Jeremiah 29:11
God clearly has a plan for our lives and he clearly has equipped us to carry out those plans. 2 Timothy 3:17 says that scripture helps us to be competent, and equipped for every good work.
But, if God has a plan for us, his enemy is hard at work preventing us from carrying out that plan.
Just as we have specific strengths, talents and skills, we also have very specific weaknesses, too. They work like kryptonite to zap our strengths, just like the mineral does for Superman.
So, what’s your kryptonite?
Perhaps it is a persistent sin.
- Anger can keep us from relating to people we need to serve.
- Pornography can keep us trapped in darkness and shame, unwilling to shepherd others into God’s light.
- Greed can blind us to focus only on our needs and not the needs of others.
- Gluttony can make us feel insecure and embarrassed.
- Drinking can turn smart people into fools.
Whatever it is, rest assured there is something that works like kryptonite to keep us from pursuing and fulfilling our God-given missions.
Perhaps your kryptonite is a relationship. Whenever you get near that person, your skin crawls and you can feel the bile rising in your throat, or the blood dripping down your chin from biting your lip so hard.
- It could be a co-worker who keeps interrupting you with needless chatter.
- It could be a boss who tries to hold you back to make himself look good.
- It could be a relative who just brings out the worst character traits in you. You know what they say, if it’s not one thing, it’s your mother — or brother.
- Maybe you are caught up in an inappropriate relationship that you know will not end well, but you can’t seem to break away.
These kryptonic relationships just suck the power, energy and life right out of you.
Superman knew that kryptonite was harmful to him, his strength and his mission. He went to great lengths to avoid going anywhere near the substance.
Yet, that didn’t stop his enemies from doing everything they could to expose Superman to kryptonite.
Many of us go to church every week or spend time alone with God and pledge that we are going to give up unproductive behaviors or avoid contact with people that works to light us up like Independence Day fireworks. Yet, for some reason, we often find ourselves back in the presence of kryptonite.
One way to deal with the situation is to take it to God, who truly has unlimited strength, power, resources, wisdom, grace and knowledge — the only true superhero.
1 John 1:9 reminds us that if we confess our sins, God is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
Many people are aware of the forgiveness part, but they forget all about God’s ability to cleanse us from the power of the kryptonite that works to keep us from completing the assignment God gave us.
This week, be observant for the kryptonite in your life. Then, spend some time with God asking him what to do about it. He’ll have that cape back on your shoulders before you know it.