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You Have Superpowers


We have all been asked the question. If you could choose just one superpower, what would it be? Today I heard an expert weigh in on the issue. During an interview on Up To Date, hosted by Kansas City Star’s Steve Kraske, two long time science fiction writers, George R.R. Martin and Melinda M. Snodgrass, were asked this very question. I was very interested. Here were two people who had been writing and dreaming about superpowers for 30 years. Surely their answers would offer something I hadn’t thought of before. Turns out, not only do I think about it every day, I actually possess what Mrs. Snodgrass desired.

After throwing out the ubiquitous desires to fly and teleport, the guest explained what she really wanted. While her friends said it was boring, who she really wished she could be was Practicality Girl. That is, she wished that she could know the right thing to do in each situation.

I couldn’t believe it. Well, I can, but I was shocked to hear her say it out loud. Once again, the reality of the image of God within every person came surging to the surface. While powers can be fun and useful in a thousand ways, just like natural giftings in all of us, what we really need is the understanding of how to use them rightly. What good is having a super power if you mess up your life and the lives around you in supercharged ways? If that is the case, and it would be for every one of us, staying normal is the safest.

The guest was right. What we really need is the knowledge of right and wrong, and the wisdom to apply that knowledge in the countless situations life presents us. And we have not even touched on the desire to do the right thing when it is known. Listen closely, Christian, you have daily access to know what to do in every situation. This is the very thing that God calls us to, and he calls us to it by calling us to his Word.

Psalm 119:9 says that we will keep our way pure when we keep it according to his Word.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 says that we will be fully equipped when we are taught, rebuked, corrected and trained by the word.

John 17:7 says that we are made holy and wise (the out workings of sanctification) by the Scripture.

Deuteronomy 29:29 says that the revealed wisdom of God belongs to us and to our children.

Proverbs 2:1-6 says that we find the knowledge of God when we seek His Scripture like we seek hidden treasure.

On and on the Scripture speaks like this. God has called you to have what this radio guest only dreamed of. The world wants to know what is right and wrong. The law is written on the heart and we know there is a right and wrong. Yet, the world grasps at anything that hints of the possibility of knowing it fully. They grasp at science, but it only defines what is (and even that is never absolute) but never what should be. They grasp at postmodern illusions of defining for themselves what is right and wrong, only to discover it doesn’t work like that. So after decades at grasping at straws, you will hear them despair that truth and meaning and purpose are like elusive ghosts only glimpsed in the corner of their eye. For such people, only in science fiction stories of hero’s with superpowers is there knowledge of the right thing to do in each situation.

My brother, that is you. Christ has all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge (Col. 2:3) and you are hidden in Christ. He will teach you and guide you into all truth (John 16:13). What a great salvation we have been brought into. We walk in the light because we have been made children of the light.

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