We all long to change the world; we all burn to be a hero in the chaos of despair and fear. Most of us, if we are honest, once believed we could actually change the world. Whether it was when we were a child, or even later in life, we all have longed to make a difference, to create something that will last beyond us, and to leave our mark on the universe.
This past weekend I finally saw Ant-Man. Amazing. Not that the storyline was incredibly deep, or that the graphics were any better than any other Marvel film. No, the aspect of the film that hit my soul the most was the lead character, the hero: Scott Lang. For those who don’t know the back-story, Scott Lang is a convicted felon. He, in his own words, “burgled” peoples valuables for a living. And yet, he becomes a hero, finding redemption in defending his daughter and saving the world, which is what he really desired all along.
I think more of us are like Scott Lang than we are like Clark Kent. We long to be heroic, we long to make a difference and to change the world, but we know that we’re messed up. We’re criminals, not gods.
When I was in college I believed that I would change the world by being a hero in Hollywood, acting in blockbuster films and sharing my faith with the world. The past 10 years have been brutally painful with the loss of dreams, with the fears that chase me, and the lies that have been believed. The hero within me has died with each passing day…Broken by the lies that I’m no better than remaining as Scott Lang instead of stepping into the hero of Ant-Man.
But here’s the truth of redemption: just as Scott Lang became heroic when he stepped into Ant-Man, so we become more dangerous to darkness than we could ever imagine when we step into Jesus Christ.
We are all broken, messed up, and beaten down by a fallen world that is full of chaos and dysfunction. But don’t we all long to be more than mere creatures made of dust? Don’t we all burn to change the world?
In the Scriptures, in the book of Ecclesiastes, we are reminded of our true destiny:
“He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.” – Ecclesiastes 3:11
We were created immortal. Eternity echoes in our hearts because that is what we were meant for all along.
That longing inside of you that believes you can change the world isn’t a lie you tell yourself at night. There is a hero within you that craves redemption, that yearns for eternity, and that burns for the eternal God.
It’s time we started believing in our true potential as eternal beings and stopped believing the lie that we were meant for brokenness, pain, and despair. Those monsters will always chase us in our lives on earth, but there is a hero that Jesus can revive inside of us all that is much greater than any darkness.
May we all become so powerful in Jesus that we speak so boldly as the Apostle Paul:
“From now on, let no one cause me trouble, for I bear on my body the marks of Jesus.” – Galatians 6:17