This sermon is part of the sermon series "Life Force". See series.
I grew up reading comic books: Fantastic Four, Spider Man, Hulk, and Iron Man. The last decade has been fun, as comic book hero after hero has been brought to film. This summer alone has been great: X-Men First Class, Thor, and Captain America. And I'm excited for the Avengers to come out next summer.
So what makes for a good super hero? What sets them apart? The answer is simple: they have a special gift, or a super power. Let's look at a few.
Captain America has super strength and his shield. Thor is a Norse god and has a hammer. Iron Man has his armor. Wolverine possesses the ability to heal from almost anything, and he has claws. Spider Man has spider strength and the ability to make webs. And Batman has lots of gadgets.
Now what if I were to tell you that God has called each of you to be a super hero, and that once you give your life to Christ, he will give you your own super power? You'd think I'd been watching too many movies, right? But it's true.
We're in a series called "Life Force," looking at how God wants each of our lives to be significant, to be impacting and influential. Last week we learned the big secret of life force. In the Book of Mark, Jesus says, "So you want first place? Then take the last place. Be the servant of all" (Mark 9:35, The Message). In Mark 10, he claims, "Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all" (Mark 10:43-44, NIV). And again from Mark 10: "For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many" (Mark 10:45, NLT).
The key to a life that has force is you give yourself away in selfless service to others. It's new math. The first is last, and the least is ...
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James Emery White is founding and senior pastor of Mecklenburg Community Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, and is a consulting editor to Leadership Journal. He is author of Serious Times and A Search for the Spiritual, and blogs at churchandculture.org.