I want to offer a well-deserved congratulations to our graduating seniors! You have achieved an important milestone in your life. Because this is such an important juncture in your life, you have probably been receiving much uninvited advice. And, I am no different, I must add my two cents. My advice is simple, pick your superhero carefully.
Why is this so important? No matter what you are about to do (school, job, the military) you won’t be able to do it on your own. In fact, your friends and family won’t be enough. Life demands a superhero.
Fortunately, today we have many superheroes to choose from. Just a few weeks ago American’s spent a record $2.6B to see the Avengers, making it the second largest grossing movie of all time. And that is only the tip of the iceberg, as there are literally hundreds of comic book superheroes. Each have their unique super-ability to help them fight crime or intergalactic aliens. How is one to choose?
As you have probably already guessed, these are not the type of superhero that I have in mind. Obviously, my suggestion would be that you make Jesus Christ your superhero. What are his credentials? He can speak things into being; He can heal with the sound of a prayer; He knows everything, even the number of hairs on our head; He can be anywhere all at the same time; and, there is no end to his existence. If that’s not enough, he defeated our arch-nemesis on a simple cross. But maybe most amazingly, He loves each of us no matter what we do.
But wait, there is more. If we make him our superhero, He will endow us with superhuman ability. This is better known as the Holy Spirit. He makes us unstoppable—I can do all things in Christ who strengthens me (Phl 4:13). He places a force field of sorts around us—The Lord will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one (II Th 3:3). We become his personal Padawan—He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Jesus Christ (Phl 1:6). We become indestructible—For the wages of sin is death; but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord (Ro 6:23). And, these are only a few of the promises. These promises will come in handy in the future as they are the very answers to the challenging life that each of us have in front of us.
I realize that I am not saying anything that you don’t already know. The problem is that you know it too well and has become common-place. It is easy to fail to see the wonder, the “super hero-ness” that is our Lord Jesus Christ. My prayer for you is that you will see Jesus for who He really is, the only true answer to the questions you will face in your life. But like all good superheroes even Jesus has his “kryptonite”. You may be thinking Satan, but Jesus defeated him thousands of years ago. And it is not Jesus that has a kryptonite but our relationship with him. That is, distraction! When He truly is our superhero we will feel the need to spend time with Him. We will want to share our lives with Him through prayer and seek His plan for our lives through Bible study. So, make quiet time and protect it with all your might!
Soon, you will be on your own and be faced with who your superhero will be. It will no longer be your parent’s decision. Will you choose to serve yourself, your career, a friend, spouse, money or a million other things? Or, will you choose to serve Jesus? The decision you will make over the next few years will shape the course for the rest of your life.