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Living Hope Christian Church

I Have Superpowers: The 84-year-old lady didn’t punch me in the face.

“Well…” I thought “…the pastor said I have superpower.” (Something inside me that is greater than my cracked-pot I live in – my earth suit.)

Boldly, I stepped out of the house with every good intention in an explosion of belief that all I had to do was open my mouth and invite. Watch out world, here I come! 

“Ah-ha” A neighbor in his car fiddling around with something; my first target! “Do it. Do it. Do it. Do it.” I said to myself “Come on go for it, approach him – invite him. Hand an invite to him. Go ahead you can do it.”

“No” screamed back the flesh. I can’t do it! I’m afraid of rejection. Slumping my shoulders, I shuffled away in defeat. Some “Superpowers” I pathetically said to my wife. WOW? What a colossal failure. I walked up the street a couple doors where it was safer (where there were no neighbors so that I wouldn’t have any excuses for wimping out). 

What did the Pastor say on Sunday? Something about how “the Resurrection gives us the assurance that because He presently lives, He lives in us!” It was something like that… you know one of those inspirational messages that tries to get me to really believe God and trust Him. Suspiciously, I felt it was just another one of those carefully crafted manipulative messages that designed to to get me to step out in faith. I remember the Pastor quoting Paul when he wrote to the Corinthians (I couldn’t remember exactly, but it was something about “The all surpassing power of God…” that’s in all of us, yet “not from us, but from God.”

 Well, that fell flat on its face…deaf ears I guess. I wimped out! I was nothing but a chicken. Yep, some super-duper Christian…I turned out to be. Here I was a man of God and afraid of my own shadow. Pathetically, I walked down the street with those invitations tucked safely in my back pocket.

Lights flash! I have an EPIPHANY: What if?

“WAIT A MINUTE” Stop the presses. Hold the phone. What if? What if the dude behind the pulpit was right? What if it’s not about me? What if it is more about the message than the messenger? What if there really is something going on in the spiritual realm that I’m not aware of? Do I really have a secret source of strength and power that transcends my pathetic weak flesh? “WHAT IF?”

“Wait here” I told Kerry. “I’ll be right back” Back I stormed.”

Me: “Hey neighbor (I forgot his name again), what are you doing?” (brilliant right?)

Neighbor: “Oh just tinkering around in here.”

Me: “Hey, I don’t know if you guys (meaning him and his wife) have settled on a church to attend for Easter this weekend, or if you have any plans on going at all… but I would love to have you (plural) come and join us at our church this Sunday.” I hand him the invite

 Him: “Well, were not really church going people and I don’t really have any plans on going to an Easter service…”

Me: Gulp – crestfallen.

Him: “But you know what’s funny, my wife has been thinking about going and trying to find a church attend for Easter.”

Me: Bright eyes…glimmer of hope. “You know we’ll be having coffee and pastries…and if you (plural) come, we could have a cup of coffee together”

 Him: “Ah…who could turn down pastries and coffee.” He smiles and says, “I’ll give the card to my wife.

Me “I’d just like you to know, that I’d love to have you join us this Sunday.” Smile 

Him: Big Smile. “I’ll give this to my wife. We just might see you there.”

 We shake hands.

WOW! I don’t know if he is going to come to church or not, but his wife just happened to be looking for a church to attend. Wow, that was amazing, there is something to this thing, and I got to test my superpowers!

I invite the next neighbor I see! I was still a little hesitant, but approached with a bit more boldness this time.

Me: I’m getting excited. She responded positively. The 84 year old lady didn’t punch me in the face. I want to tell the Pastor that there might be something to this whole “superpower’ thing after all. He wasn’t just pulling my leg. He wasn’t just saying things to motivate me to get out and invite someone to church. There’s something to this after all.

 Me: Goose bumps – Wow God, serious? What was that verse Pastor quoted last week when he referred to the fact that we have been anointed…that we have power? What was it? I forgot. Got to look it up!

All I know was, it wasn’t me…it was definitely God. I stepped out and God showed up!

 Hum let’s see…Bible…Bible commentary…better yet, Bible SOFTWARE! Power – Corinthians…hum?  

Ah, there it is…2 Cor 4:7 “But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.” 

Oh, so when the Pastor said “power” he meant “power” there it is. We have this all surpassing power and it isn’t about us, it’s about God…so if I’ve got it, then it must mean something!

WAIT THERE’S MORE! What do I see right next to that verse in my concordance. 2 Cor 10:3-4 For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. 4 The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.”

2 Cor 13:4 For to be sure, he was crucified in weakness, yet he lives by God’s power. Likewise, we are weak in him, yet by God’s power we will live with him to serve you.

Beloved to strip Christianity of the cross, strips Christianity of Christ’s mission and strip Christianity of the Resurrection, strips Christians of Christ’s power.

I think I’m beginning to believe my Pastor’s message as the Holy Spirit spoke through him right to my fearful, pathetic, weak and doubtful heart! 

Try it, you just might be amazed! Trust God and step out in faith. Invite someone and be ready to see how God may already be working in the unseen realm. 

I’m reminded of that quote by Spurgeon “Do something. Do something. Do something” I think he said that knowing we can.