To be or not to be…that is the question, isn’t it? This quote goes on to contemplate the nobility of suicide verses the nobility of enduring hardship. But that is not really what this post is about…not really, but it may tie back in. Taking destiny in hand can be scary, and many times, can become a burden as we try to carry it alone. We get excited as we see the outline on the horizon, but are daunted once we have approached it and had a clearer view of what/how big it really is. We tend to go on and view our life as a dichotomy. We are human and thus fallible, but we are redeemed and have a purpose to fulfill. Maybe it’s just me, but sometimes I have a hard time reconciling the two.
Maybe you’ve been there. Clark Kent sure has (and yes, the Man of Steel is back! It’s like the return of Superman, only he hasn’t been visiting potential remnants of Krypton, he’s been stuck in my head because of serious writers block). It seems like your humanity will keep you from your destiny or your destiny will keep you from your humanity. Take SM for example. As we briefly discussed before, Clark could go on a date, but as soon as he heard someone was in danger, peace out Lois, insert some lame excuse, good bye human side, hello spandex and heroics. Or here’s superman, and now he has to choose between someone he loves and the plane full of people plummeting from the sky. It’s time for personal emotions to be pushed aside for the greater good. It seems that a great destiny is destined to keep him from being a normal guy.
I’ve felt like this before. The burden that if I haven’t read 15 chapters in my Bible (at least half has to be in the old testament, just to make sure I’m racking up extra holiness points) and prayed for five hours, I’m not qualified to do what God has called me to do. Or on the flip side, I feel like being a “leader” or an “influencer” or a “history maker” (insert whatever title works), I can’t go see a movie or hang out with friends or go bowling without passing out some kind of literature being my primary prerogative. This eventually leads to either legalism or lawlessness. So, either Clark is around all the time or Kal’El serves his purpose and simply exists.
So many times, we view our humanity and our supernatural calling as mutually exclusive, expecting all or nothing. But having a great destiny doesn’t mean you aren’t human. Take the one guy who probably knows better about destiny that Superman. Jesus. Here he is, God incarnate, with the power to raise the dead, heal the sick, walk on water, and heck, even turn water into wine. Pretty sure he had a few notches up on our Caped Hero. But he was still human. Yes, he and his disciples went to a wedding party. Yes, he cried when he saw his friends mourning. Yes, he even got in trouble with his parents every now and then. His brothers argued with him, he was a little sarcastic at times and he even cooked his own meals on occasion. Being human doesn’t keep you from your destiny. Many times, it opens doors for it. Having a great calling doesn’t mean you don’t get to be you. The secret is not selling out. One side is going to lead. Jesus was successful because he did what he saw his father do and was fully committed to his mission. When push came to shove, his destiny was the compass, not his flesh.
It’s cool to be you and to enjoy those things that God has given us to enjoy…fellowship, adventure, and good food. Those things just can’t become the motivating factor. Temporal human pleasures are not worth the big picture. So yes, eat, drink (coffee), be merry, but don’t let your flesh become a stumbling block to your spirit. You have an extraordinary supernatural heritage. Don’t sell it out for a temporal human experience. And don’t allow your destiny to make you so spiritually focused that you are no earthly good.
Is there any area that you have tried to use legalism to qualify you? How have you sold your destiny short for momentary gain? In a fight, who would win-Super Man or Darkwing Duck?
PS-Sorry, the quote didn’t really tie back in…oh well.