I grew up reading comic books. I had literally hundreds of them, and I would trade them with other kids for ones I hadn’t read. I specialized in the “super heroes” and my favorite was Superman. I also watched the black and white weekly television program of Superman as a kid. I have a DVD with every episode of those Superman programs that someone gave me as a gift several years ago. There was something very appealing to me as a young boy of being super strong like superman; I still daydream about being superman at 72 years of age.
Here is a summary of where we are right now on our journey of becoming holy like God is holy.
God expects that we as His children will become increasingly more righteous and holy, not just positional or imputed righteousness, but practical, everyday, live-it-out kind of righteousness. Most Christians have given up on succeeding at that expectation of God’s because they have failed so much and now they just fake it, project an image of holiness, as the Pharisees did. But the fact is we can become more holy every day of our lives. In order for that to happen in our lives we must believe it is possible, and we must want it with every fiber of our being. But with the wanting we need to acknowledge that we are powerless to make it happen, we don’t have 50% of what we need, we have zero ability, strength, or power to change our behavior. So how do we become more and more holy if we are wimps? God is infinitely powerful and He loves to give His strength and power to those who need it and want it. The key to receiving God’s strength is the total realization that I have nothing to offer, zero. The more complete my admission of zero ability and strength the more readily available is God’s strength. God isn’t going to give me His power if He knows that I will think I am pretty tough stuff after He does. “God gives strength to the humble, but He is opposed to the proud.”
Because we are so naturally proud we have to work on this constantly. “I can’t – He can; I didn’t- He did.” That self-talk over and over and over again and again.
2 Corinthians 12:9-10 And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. . . . for when I am weak, then I am strong.