I’ve always been captivated with super heroes—Wonder Woman, Spiderman, The Incredible Hulk, and Batman. So, it was really no surprise when I got overly excited about seeing the new film, Captain America: The First Avenger. I admit that I didn’t know much about the mysterious captain, but I did some homework and was fascinated by the story line. Seeing the movie was the highlight of my weekend. I loved it because I saw such a stunning parallel between the life of Steven Rogers a.k.a. as Captain America and the life of Christians…before and after their transformation.
Steven Rogers desperately wanted to serve in the United States Army during World War II. Time after time, he was turned away as unfit and unwanted because of various physical ailments and shortcomings. He had an understanding within that he was alive for a greater purpose. When presented with the opportunity to become something greater, Steven Rogers asked “Why me? The reply, “Because a weak man knows the value of strength; knows the value of power.” Before receiving Christ, we are not unlike Steven Rogers—weak, defenseless, unworthy. Deep inside our hearts, we surely realize that without Him, we are defeated; headed for a life of difficulty and tragedy veiled in the promise of death rather than eternal life.
Because someone believed in Steven Rogers, his dreams of helping in the war effort came true. He willingly underwent the transformation process in order to become all that he could be for the cause. He gained strength and a vision to fight against evil with good. Along with his new physique and mindset, he was labeled Captain America. The captain immediately set out to “save the world” one mission at a time. When he met up with Red Skull for the first time, his enemy asked, “What makes you so special?” Captain America answered, “Nothing. I’m just a skinny kid from Brooklyn.” He recognized that his power wasn’t dependent on how special he was, but what he believed about himself. When we are saved, our focus and life undergo a radical change as shown in 2 Corinthians 5:17:
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”
When we are called—set apart, God gives us special gifts and abilities to become the super warriors that He needs on the battlefield. The gifts vary and may be used in a million different ways, but they are all vital to the heartbeat of the Great Commission. As we travel through life, hopefully we will embrace Matthew 5:16:
“Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”
I have never been anything special and people may wonder what my real purpose even is. I find myself asking why God and close friends believe in my goodness and abilities. Somebody bigger than you and I reached straight down from heaven and touched me. He placed His Spirit of power anfire within me and I’ve never been the same. God loved me enough—a chubby girl from Payneville to choose me…to transform me…to use me.