Author: Lynne Carter
Galations 5:22-24 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.
Do you remember your early days on the playground when you and your friends squabbled over which super-power you would most want to possess? Or surely you’ve engaged in some kind of deep philosophical discussion over which super-power or superhero you think would eventually reign supreme over all others. Perhaps you’ve surmised that if you could fly, you could arrive at the scene of disaster in a millisecond and save countless lives. Or imagine if you were invisible, you could be a covert spy against the enemy. Or best yet, if you were fantastically strong, you could pound evil into oblivion. Our imaginations soar with the possibilities we could achieve if we possessed the super-human abilities of our onscreen heroes as they fight against evil and bring justice to the world.
Like us, superheroes are just ordinary human beings until they transform into the extraordinary. Albeit rich, intelligent and Robert Downey, Jr. handsome, Tony Stark would still fall into the range of a mere human of whom life-altering expectations would not be expected without his iron suit. And there’s just no building-climbing, spidey-sensing action going to take place until very ordinary Peter Parker dons his spidey suit. It’s hard to say whether Thor Odinson would still be extraordinary without his fuel-injected, turbo-charged, super-infused hammer, Mjolnir. (Of course, if he actually looks anything like Chris Hemsworth, there’s a bit of power in that.) And I’m certain Captain Steve Roger is the very finest soldier, but it’s not until he dons his shield that he turns into crime-stopping, life-saving, Captain America. And we would all wonder who Diana Prince was if she wasn’t combatting evil with her lasso of truth, her boomerang tiara and her sword and shield.
Every summer we flock to the next superhero blockbuster movie to thrill as the hands of “good and justice” bring order back from chaos. Our hearts race as evil dissolves amidst the powers of our beloved superheroes. And yes we exit the theater completely satisfied and super-charged from the perfect resolution to a fantastically computer-generated extravaganza of crime-fighting action. Indeed, we’ve been entertained. But unfortunately, it’s not real. To this date, not one of us has been gifted with any of these super natural powers. We can dream it. We can imagine it. But we will always remain us-the Bruce Waynes, the Clark Kents, the James Howletts and even the Bob and Helen Parrs. Mostly we don’t have special suits or other-worldly weaponry that can transform us into extraordinary beings. But wait, don’t fret, for when God created us He never for one second left us helpless. Psalm 46:1 reminds us “God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in trouble. And Ephesians 6:10 proclaims, “Finally be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the Devil’s schemes”. Not only can we tap-into and rely on the never ending strength and power of the Almighty, but as we put our hearts and trust in Him, we are infused with His mighty fruits of the spirit. These seemingly innocuous and ordinary gifts of love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control are in fact super natural and each possess the ability to transform lives. Within ourselves, relying on these powerful fruits, we can overcome our personal desires to give into daily temptations. These super-fruits are our anti-oxidants to lust, greed, envy, self-ambition, discord and rage. When we don our super-fruits we shield ourselves from the Evil One and build a fortress to ward off his onslaught. In turn when we expend and lavish these super-power fruits on others, we can bring about life transforming and even life-saving outcomes. Armed with God’s super fruits we are empowered to bring order to chaos, light to darkness and love to hatred. We have the power to save the world one person at a time.
When you think of the most favorite people in your lives, likely they are those individuals that poured over you with God’s luscious fruits of His spirit. They are the ones that invested in you and made you feel lighter, mightier and super naturally more precious just by feeding you the delicious fruits of love, joy, kindness, gentleness and goodness. Try to imagine what the world could look like if we were to spread these super powers to everyone. Let’s work on overtaking the world with might! Not physical or aggressive might. We have God’s might right at or fingertips. All we have to do is recognize and share the mighty power of God’s fruits-love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. We have the opportunity for a mighty and plentiful harvest just by generously sharing God’s super-natural fruits. We can bring about good in the world just by bringing about good in the world.
And remember, nothing shields us like the armor of God. Mjolnir might be mighty, but it pales against the armor of God!