Adam Hall got me to thinking hard with his message to us Sunday morning. With “The Avengers” in sharp focus, Adam led us through the super hero world that results in saving the universe – at least for now. One of the questions we were asked – I believe it was Rachel who put it to us in her “Mini-Message” – “Did you ever imagine yourself to be a ‘super hero’? And if so, which one?”
Adam explained that the collection of super heroes in the Marvel movie The Avengers didn’t always get along with each other, and yet the task before them was one in which success demanded they work together. He laid it out for us – the Apostles were similar. Heal the sick. Release the captives. Give sight to the blind. And of course – Make disciples of all the nations …. Basically, Jesus commissioned his disciples to continue the work begun in him – to save the world. A “high calling” many would say. “Rather egotistical,” others might note. “Impossible!” all might agree.
But I’ve watched videos of kids whose families live on the garbage piles; someone gets the idea they can make a violin out of the trash, a cello out of an old barrel – and an orchestra is born. “Heroes” – ordinary people called to an extraordinary task. If you have 11 minutes and 45 seconds, this video might inspire you to re-think any definition of “hero” you might have had. And if people who live on garbage piles can work with an orchestral conductor and do this, just imagine what we who are so privileged can accomplish – if only we put our heart and soul into it, work together, and believe in something and Someone larger than ourselves.
Adam and Rachel – thanks for the great messages this weekend.