Posted by: New in Every Way | August 1, 2012

Secret Powers

One of the intriguing elements in the Superman stories is the fact that the reader knows something the characters in these dramas don’t know: mild-mannered news reporter Clark Kent is Superman. When the evil schemes of Lex Luthor and others put Metropolis or the Earth in danger, Clark sheds his ordinary-everyday-man clothes and takes off through the sky to the rescue. He keeps his superhuman powers a complete secret.

Earthlings stood in awe of Superman’s powers, but there was a simple explanation for them. They were his natural abilities as a person from the planet Krypton. It was like a horse wondering how an eagle could fly. Or a sheep wondering what made a horse so fast.

Well, guess what? We humans have secret powers. Like Clark Kent, we have human families who taught us social skills, imparted (for example) their passion for justice, and—in our case (not Clark’s)—passed on their genes for blue eyes.

But some of our attitudes and abilities can be traced back to God’s own qualities that he gave us when the human race began. According to the Bible, those qualities became tarnished or lost when humankind turned away from God. But Christ restores a godly nature to those who receive him and his offer of reconciliation.

For God caused Christ, who himself knew nothing of sin, actually to be sin for our sakes, so that in Christ we might be made good with the goodness of God (Romans 6:21 PHILLIPS).

After I accepted Christ as Savior at age eleven, I went home and found—to my surprise—that I loved everyone and I wanted to clean my closet. That was not “normal” for me. Well, it was my new normal. I had been born into God’s family and now had his genes.

To all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God —children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God (John 1:12-13).

My human family taught me it was right to love everyone, but my heavenly family wove love into my nature. My human family showed me how to clean my closet, but my heavenly family gave me the desire to do it. And so it goes—the obvious “powers” of our human family and the “secret powers” of our God-family . . . both part of who we are.


Making It Personal

  • What abilities did you inherit or learn from your human family?
  • Has your family passed on to you some traits you’d just as soon not have? Are you stuck with them? (Hint: what traits has God imparted or can God impart to you?)


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