I asked Allie the other day what she would like to study next in the Bible. She said she wanted to keep studying her favorite book, Job. What about Job do you want to study, I asked. How to be like him, she said. How to be like Job, and Noah, and Abraham. Big people like that. Whoa.
I started looking back at what made these guys "superheroes" of the Bible. Know what it says about Noah? "He walked with God." Know what it says about Job? "He feared God and shunned evil." Know what it says about Abraham? "He believed God." Basically they walked with God and trusted Him. Because of this, Noah and his family were saved from the flood that wiped out the whole earth. Job was more blessed during the second half of his life than the first. . . though in the first half of his life, he was "the richest man in the east." "Abraham believed God. . . and it was credited to him as righteousness."
I started to see a trend. FAITH. These guys believed God was who He said He was and would do what He said He would do. They didn't just believe God at a set time in their lives when they got "saved", they continued believing Him and His Words throughout their lives, even when the world thought they were crazy, or their friends mocked them, or they had no idea where they were going. They kept on believing God and every word He said. And God made sure their stories were in the Bible so that we could know that simple faith is what makes a superhero.
Allie and I looked over in Ephesians 1, where it says that the power that is available to us WHO BELIEVE (faith!) is the same power that God used to raise Jesus from the dead. Then we looked over in Hebrews 11, where it says that without faith it is impossible to please God. IMPOSSIBLE. Then we looked at Revelation 4:11, which says that all things (including you and me) were created for His pleasure. How do we please God? By our FAITH! So it is safe to say that if we are not presently, actively believing God and everything He says, we are not fulfilling our purpose in life, which is to please Him. Wow. What takes a zero to a superhero and vice versa? Faith. Only faith. Faith in the fact that Jesus' blood is what makes us righteous. Faith in the fact that He is the Author and Perfecter of our faith. Faith that He who began a good work in me WILL carry it on to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. Faith that He who is within me is greater than he who is within the world. Faith that I am more than a conqueror through Jesus Christ. Faith that nothing can separate me from His love. Faith that all things work together for good.
Thanks Allie for the reminder of what God says makes a superhero. :)