Welcome to Day #1 of Guest Post-A-Palooza! Kicking off this week of guest posts is Mauricio (Moe) Vivas who writes awesome posts about God, faith, and life at Beta Christian. Moe lives in New York, but don’t hold that against him. He is a husband, father, and son of God. And it appears that he likes coffee. Check out this post about being average, head over to his blog to read more of his writing, and follow him on Twitter!
I never got it as a child. Why would a superhero like Superman keep his identity secret? When he wasn’t saving the world, he became an average fella working in an office as a newspaper reporter. Then I saw it again in Batman. This time, he was a rich guy with a huge mansion and hid his identity from his loved ones. These guys are superheroes for crying out loud.
Unlike them, I grew up with ideas of becoming a man of much fame and fortune. Someone people would talk about and will line up to see and shake my hand. But that didn’t happen. I became an average guy. Just another person walking in the streets of New York City. No fame, no glory.
Shortly after God saving me, I started to play close attention to Biblical characters. We have these great people in the Bible who did great things and they didn’t have to hide under another identity. Everybody knew Noah was Noah. He wasn’t Noah one day and then become Ace Ventura Pet Detective another. He was always Noah. So was Moses, Elijah, Elisha, and all the others that came after them.
We honor these folks as if they have some special gift and hold some special secret to their “hidden” powers.
There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. – John 1:6 KJV
Yes, we know him as the guy who ate locust and honey and called those religious dudes “whitewashed tombs”. Yes, he said some things that cost him his head. Yes, he had the honor of preparing the way for the Master. But he was just a simple fella just like you and I.
Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain; and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months. – James 5:17
Elijah had some influence. But the Bible tells us he was just a simple guy with nature (passions in KJV) just like us. He didn’t have some secret powers that allowed him to do the things that he did. He was no different than you or I. He put his pants on one foot at a time just like… ehh, never mind. You get the idea.
Oh, but John the Baptist was different, he was a great man, He was known as the greatest prophet. Yes, you are right, but even then, the bible says:
among those born of women there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist; but he who is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.” – Luke 7:28
Did you get that?
These “great men” weren’t very special in and of themselves. What made the so special and so influential was the God that moved in them. Their lives were a testimony of the God they served, not themselves. Take away God from their lives and they pick their nose and come out with a booger the same color as yours.
The least in the kingdom is greater than he! You know who’s the least in the kingdom? Take a look in the mirror, you are the least in the kingdom… and as a result you are greater than John the Baptist.
The least in the kingdom are the average folks, doing great things, by the power of our God. And for doing that, they become great.
“There is no telling how much power God can put into a man.”—C.H. Spurgeon
Who is/was your favorite superhero?
How does God move you to do great things in such a simple package?