The main character in Iron Man is Tony Stark. In the movie he has a changed heart that redirects his mission to build super-powered armored suits that defend against threatened peace around the world.
So, what does the Marvel movie, Iron Man, have to do with Jesus?
The apostle Paul reminds us that we too have a super-powered, spiritual armored suit for our redirected mission. Ephesians 6:10-20 begins with these words, “Finally, be strong in the Lord and his mighty power.” Our superpower is the mighty power of Jesus that raises the dead and lives in us through the Holy Spirit. In him, we too have been given a new heart, which brings a change of direction.
If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you. Romans 8:11 Amen!
Tony Stark is a fictional character, but Jesus is REAL and brings life. We are called to simply believe who he is with a faith that understands he can do the impossible against enemy foes like doubt and fear. We are responsible for suiting up with the armor, but God is responsible to provide the power once we activate our faith in this way. So, get ready, suit up, our mission has just begun.
But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary; they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:31
Dear God, you are infinite, eternal, and deeper than I can ever understand. Thank you for graciously revealing yourself to me in Jesus Christ by your Spirit. I marvel that my relationship with you will continually be full of discovery for the rest of my life. Please give me the assurance and knowledge of this mystery, which is Christ in me, the hope of eternal glory. In Jesus’ name, amen.
(From Brand New: A 40-Day Guide to Life in Christ, page 89, from Colossians 1:27.)