“Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors and gain an overwhelming victory through Him who loved us [so much that He died for us].”
–Romans 8:37 (Amplified Bible)
I went to a Captain America movie the other day, which featured a virtual who’s-who of Marvel superheroes. Iron Man and Spider-Man joined the titular captain and helped him fight and overcome oppression. Besides the Marvel crew, there are lots of other superheroes in comic books and on the big screen. Batman and Wonder Woman quickly come to mind. And of course, who can forget Superman, the Man of Steel?
The great apostle Paul, a Christian hero himself, told us that we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. But you might say, “Instead of steel, I am made of dust, and I feel like I’m crumbling under life’s pressures. What does that mean?”
Well, I’d like to share some good news with you: You don’t have to try to be special, because in Christ you already are special. Furthermore, you don’t have to hang your head if you lose the battle, because Christ has already won the war, and there’s no condemnation in Him.
If that sounds trite, let me share an example from my own life. As a blind man, some people may look at me as a loser in life. But that isn’t God’s opinion. According to our text, he says that even when life doesn’t go my way, I win in the long run because Christ has overcome all. This means that if I don’t get the dream job I with all my heart and strove to earn, I can still rejoice because I know God has a much better plan in store for me. There have been many people in history who appeared to lose, but in the end they came out winners. If you have chosen to live in Christ, you’ll come out on top as well.
C. S. Lewis offered still another perspective when he said, “If heaven is real, nothing else really matters.” In other words, this fallen world isn’t the end; it’s only the beginning. For Christians this world is the darkness before the dawn. But for the non-Christian, this life alone holds the prize. If we endure and mature in the trials we face, He will soon say to us, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.”
So my friend, I encourage you not to give up when all looks bleak. Instead, keep pressing on and trusting in God, knowing that in Him you are more than a superhero.
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