I remember the day I prayed for a dead man to come back to life and it actually happened. I felt like Superman, a formerly average man who’d stumbled into what is considered by many to be the pinnacle of miracles. The Mount Everest so to speak. I also remember a few days later praying for a foot to be healed and nothing happened. I wasn’t Superman anymore; I’d somehow lost the mojo. I was nothing more than Clark Kent.
The cycle isn’t just limited to healing but found almost anywhere our heads can turn. Financial blessings or increase make us feel invincible one day while unexpected expenses throw us back to less than ordinary the next. The elation from advancement at work sustains us just long enough to catch a glimpse of the next rung. It stares down at us, daring us to reach up with our dirty, unworthy fingers.
We find someone who wants to be with us and we’re thrilled because it’s the relationship we’ve always wanted. Our hearts swell until inevitable word, action, or misunderstanding punches us in the gut, deflating us to the insignificant shell we always felt we were.
Ted Dekker writes:
“Our accuser wants us to believe that our true identity is, Clark Kent, rather than, Superman.”
I think most of us would be able to agree that when we’re trying to pull worth and value from both God AND the world, we spend most of our time believe there isn’t anything especially super about us at all.
Clark Kent was never the identity we were supposed to get comfortable with. Clark Kent is a man lost in the shuffle of the world and he plays by its systems. Relationships, advancement, money, and more are all things that pull at him and he responds in turn, trying to appease the forces to whom he’s given the power to affect his perception of worth and value.
But Superman is a different animal. When Kent steps into the phone booth and rips off the clothes of everyday life, he steps out of the limitations and rules the world system has spent so much time establishing. Anything is possible for Superman. Worth and value is no longer affected by things that Kent thinks are so important. He’s ruled and maintained by something different, something greater than he finds in his other skin. He’s free and it’s in this state that he affects the greatest change in the world.
Paul tells us in Ephesians two that there is unmeasurable, unlimited, and surpassing POWER in all of us who believe. He tells us that God has given us the same life he gave Jesus when he raised him from the dead. He prays that the eyes of our hearts would be open to this truth so that we can see and know it clearly. Does it sound like Paul is describing Clark Kent or Superman?
But the power we’ve been given isn’t even the best part. Paul goes on to say that the fullness of Christ has completed ALL things in ALL believers. We are in Christ and he has made us complete which makes our identity in him invincible.
Here’s the bottom line: You are Superman! You are one with Jesus and your identity (worth, value, significance, love) is complete, unyielding, and never changing. Out of that certainty flows power that is high above all other power the world tries to hurl your way. You have been seated high above the principalities and rulers. The super-villains, and the efforts they’ve put forth to enslave you to their system, are powerless. It’s no longer you who live but Christ who lives in you. How can we believe we’re anything but super with that truth?
And it’s true even when you don’t feel it. When healings don’t come, jobs are lost, relationships fail, money disappears, and other hardships are encountered; you are still superman. None of these circumstances have the power to change your identity. They don’t have the power to make you put Clark Kent’s clothes back on.
Then I guess the question is, “Why do we struggle to live as Superman?” There is a Kryptonite out there for us and it’s none other than the lies the accuser tosses our way. The only thing that can bring us down are the lies our adversary whispers in our ears as often as he can. Failure, worthless, unlovable, and useless are words making up the weapons of his warfare. When we believe what we hear, we see ourselves as Clark Kent and experience the world through that lens.
As Ted Dekker writes once again:
“What you believe about yourself has no power to change your identity (it’s already been sealed in Christ) but it will certainly affect how you experience life.”
Rip off the lies to reveal the truth that’s already within you. You are loved, cherished, alive, worthy, accepted, and filled with power that’s unmeasurable, unlimited, and far surpassing. You ARE Superman and you can live in that reality forever.
Let’s be powerful people who can see AND perceive, hear AND understand.
Jesse and Kara Birkey