I often hear people refer to a high profile Christian and say what a great reward that person will receive in heaven. Once, I heard these forefront Christians referred to as “God’s Big Guns.” In other words, they’re the superheroes of godliness. They swoop in to the White House when a ‘word from God’ is needed. They hit the air waves and proclaim their version of the latest news. They give the last word on all controversial matters.
These superheroes are often super rich. Not because they started a company or invented a product but because they’ve amassed personal fortunes from donations given to them to reach the lost and feed the hungry. They circle the globe in private jets because heaven knows they can’t fly with riff-raff. They’re on the Lord’s business. The rest of us can fly economy praying for God to seat us near someone we can talk to about Him but low-flying isn’t for super-heroes.
It’s not true of every high profile believer but in many cases they’ve lost touch with the real world. They’re into marketing, raising millions, building monuments to themselves and in some extremely sad cases, they’re into sin. Many people reading this will remember, as I do, the disappointments of the 1980s as one after the other the biggest mouths in Christendom had their ‘godly’ costumes torn off. The sight underneath wasn’t a pretty one.
Today, many Christians are still counting on super heroes to reach the world. But, the superheroes are unlikely to reach our neighbours and families. They’re busy running corporations, busy making names for themselves, checking tv ratings and looking to connect to other super heroes because two can soar (or raise money) better than one.
Are you following God in the work He has called you to but you often feel discouraged because you’re not a super hero? Take heart. Remember God doesn’t measure success in dollars or fame. He sees the intent of sincere hearts.
The kingdom of God doesn’t thrive on super heroes. It thrives when ordinary people like you and me obey God in the small details of our lives, when we show kindness to our families and neighbours, when we put ourselves out to help a stranger.
Let’s remind ourselves and others this year that it’s not the big guns that will make the biggest difference in the world, it’s the nondescript masses of individual pray-ers. God is present with the ones, twos and threes. He doesn’t need large crowds or a lot of money to do the work that matters most to Him.
Let us not be weary in well doing for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. Galatians 6:9