People Cannot Be Superheroes



I have an issue with selfishness.  Really, it’s not just an “issue.”  That makes it seem small.  The truth is I am engaged in full combat against the sin that is selfishness in my heart.  It’s war…but sometimes, to be honest, I give into it and I expect everyone’s world to stop because Sharona is going through something and Sharona is tired of trying to be the servant I am called to be.  There are times when I am praying for God to stop the sun for me, not because I’m like Joshua and I’m giving my all to fight for God to get the glory, but because I want there to be no excuses for anyone to not be able to be there for me.  I may not say it, but in my heart I many times want the world to stop for me.

 …and if that’s not immature and selfish I don’t know what is.

You see, sometimes I realize that I haven’t put away my childish mind (1 Cor 13:11).  I still want to be the three year-old girl who is applauded when she uses the potty “all by herself” and who receives all kinds of kisses and attention when she falls and gets a “boo boo.”  I want my friends and family to stop what they’re doing and to go out of their way to comfort me when I’m hurting.  I want someone to notice when I’ve “tried really, really hard to be good” and to reward my progress even though I still haven’t met general expectations.  At times I’m much like the girl who wants someone to sit in the room as she plays, read a bedtime story to her so it’s easier to fall asleep, and to fix everything that I break (or buy me a new one).  But here’s the newsflash.  I can’t be a godly woman if I’m still harboring my childish ways… and you can’t either.

“I can’t be a godly woman if I’m still harboring my childish ways… and you can’t either.”

There is no one in our lives who is able to be our superhero.  We can’t be comfortable being damsels in distress all the time and still say that we’re striving to represent biblical womanhood.  It’s not possible.  There is only one Hero.  There is only one who can save us…and his name is Jesus… and well, He did stop the world for us.

Time stood still as he died on the cross.  Creation halted.  The universe held it’s breath.  And…it’s all because Christ decided that He would die and resurrect so that we might have hope of an eternal life with God.  What’s great is that as we live in hope of that eternal life, God has sent us the Holy Spirit and He’s here to comfort us, direct us, regenerate us, and guide us into all truth.  He’s here to sanctify me and to help me move from my childish ways to looking more like Christ, but He’s still gracious enough to comfort me at the times when I feel alone and this world seems too much for me to bear.

So Ladies, I want to encourage you to run to the Holy Spirit for your comfort.  Allow Him to fill the void in your heart at the times when you want the world to stand still because your problems seem too much for you to carry.  I promise that as you lay into the arms of God He will be willing to give you peace in the middle of your storms.  What your friends, family, husband, or boyfriend can’t do for you when it comes to your emotional needs, your Heavenly Father can.

“What your friends, family, husband, or boyfriend can’t do for you when it comes to your emotional needs, your Heavenly Father can.”

So many times we have emotional affairs on God with the people around us, but if you haven’t found out yet, let me tell you.  There is nothing and no one who can satisfy you but Jesus.  God made it that way to help us in our journey of holiness.  He’s done that so that we can put no idol before Him.  Don’t run to another man.  Don’t run to your girlfriend.  We’ve got to stop putting pressure on those around us to be only what God can be for us, and we’ve got to run to the arms of the One who is ever-present and all-powerful.  That is the only way that our hearts can be transformed and that we can learn that God is all that we need.

He.   Is.   Near.

Sharona Drake
@sharonadrake

 

1 Comments


evanie
04/16/13

I am in tears after reading this! This spoke to me! I can relate! Just a while ago my selfishness rose her head and placed pressure on an old friend to be my superhero. God is the only superhero! He is near ready to comfort! Lord you have spoken! May God Bless this ministry!

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  • Wow.April 16, 2013
  • I too was that "good" girl and based my righteousness on my actions. When I did commit one of those sins you listed (as if I wasn't already sinning with my pride in myself) I went into deep depression because I placed so much weight on being "good." When I realized (like you) that He is good and my righteousness (actions) are like filthy rags it gave me a new freedom. I was a slave to my misguided perceptions and my so called perfection. Christ offered me a freedom based on who He was and not what I did or did not do. He loved me in spite of me. That for me was freeing. Thank you for sharing this post. Now I see that I wasn't the only misguided one...lol...I'm sure there are many more of us. I look forward to reading more of your posts.April 16, 2013
  • I am in tears after reading this! This spoke to me! I can relate! Just a while ago my selfishness rose her head and placed pressure on an old friend to be my superhero. God is the only superhero! He is near ready to comfort! Lord you have spoken! May God Bless this ministry!April 16, 2013
  • This is a much needed topic in the church today. I dont know whats worse these church floks that fill your head with lies or that christian mingle commercial?April 16, 2013
  • Very wise words, son. Hopefully, they are listening with spiritual ears and a heart to obey.April 16, 2013