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Superheroes, Weakness, and the Peril of Elevation

Every superhero has a weakness because every human is a superhero.

As I think about my journey in life, I can't help but see myself as a superhero. While I don't have a fancy name like Catwoman or Storm, my name holds enough charge to change elements in the world and so does yours.

That's the beautiful side of being called and appointed to be great, but there is another side. The human side.

As I journey with God more, I can't help but become more aware of my human weaknesses. Though I would shy away from learning about them in the past, nowadays, I'm leaning into them because they are a part of me. They are really the things that make me a superhero and not my strengths.

My weaknesses make me who I am.

My weaknesses remind me that I'm alive.

In order to change the world, God makes each of us superheroes in our own right. Some of us are superhuman in business, others in education, and others in media. However, the thing that we must realize is that it is in our realm of influence that each believer harnesses power. We are not powerful in the arena or storyline of another person; we are powerful in our calling.

When you begin to operate in your calling, you'll become more cognizant of your weaknesses because they point to your humanity. I believe God did this intentionally to show us how though we are powerful, He is THEE power. Just as the electricity must work in order to light up a home, He must be present for us to move in great capacity.

For it is [not your strength, but it is] God who is effectively at work in you, both to will and to work [that is, strengthening, energizing, and creating in you the longing and the ability to fulfill your purpose] for His good pleasure. Phillippians 2:13

Essentially, God gave you a weakness so that He can be strong. You don't have to be the strong friend anymore. You don't have to prop yourself up so that others can feel safe. You don't have to strive for what He's already given you. You cannot outwork Jesus' blood.

That's the trick we've believed in Christianity. We bought into the lie that the blood of Jesus wasn't enough (though we'd never say that), so we've slipped into works. "I'm working for God," we say. "I'm sacrificing for Him," we tout. And though we may be doing those things for Him, is there a sense of pride lurking beneath His very breath that we use to speak? Do we secretly believe that if we don't do it, it won't get done?

I'll be the first to admit that I've slipped into this mentality a lot while striving to reach another level, and it has left me tired. Weary in well doing. Feeling used and abused.

Then I'm reminded that it is God who opens and shuts doors, and it is He who raises up and sits people down. Not us. Not us. We don't have the power or the will to do either, so we should lean into our weaknesses and allow Him to be strong.

We don't have to be strong. We don't have to carry the weight. Let it go and lean into the vulnerability you've been resisting.


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