For many adults, who were kids in the 1980’s, the show He-man, and its sister show, She-Ra, were common staples of kids shows. He-man was a show about a young man, Prince Adam, who gained extraordinary strength through the use of a special sword. She-ra was similar with a young lady who also gained power through a sword. Each fought forces of evil striving to save their friends and society. Sometimes they would even fight together against a common foe. When Prince Adam wished to become He-man, he would pull out the sword and famously say the words, “I have the power!” Following this, he would be able to, somewhat easily, dispatch the evil enemies. What does such a walk down memory lane have to do with God, the Bible, and today’s article? Stay tuned…
As I’ve grown older, I’ve noticed that a great many stories and shows have a similar high-level theme (comic books come to mind.) There is a protagonist who wishes to do the right thing and help others around him (or her). This protagonist happens to have access to a power greater than their normal abilities, which allows them to overcome forces of evil. Often this power is something they inherently have, but is made available through use of some external token. It seems to be an extension of the desires of mankind in general. We desire to become so much more than we are. We want to have the power to overcome the hardships in our lives. We look for medications and surgeries to extend life. We create weapons to defend against aggressors. We increase our intellect in order to excel. We train and work hard for a higher position within a company. And on and on it goes. Now, this is not to say that all such desires are always inherently wrong. Rather, just to point out a theme that mankind wants more power. Especially, we want power that is entirely at our disposal and will.
Yet, for a Christian, the power to which we have access is obtained through submission! We aren’t powerful by our own will or abilities. We cannot obtain salvation by meritorious works. That is, our good works do not earn our salvation. Certainly, works are required of us as servants (Luke 17:7-10, James 2:14ff, Matthew 7:21-23). In the former view, one has access to God’s power of salvation by how good they are. In the latter view, one has access to God’s power only by an obedient faith in the sacrifice of Jesus. One begins to recognize that, due to sin, they will never be worthy to enter Heaven on their own terms. Instead, they can only made worthy by the blood of Jesus if they submit to God’s will and have faith in Jesus’ sacrifice.
The Christian will never say, “I have the power to grant my own salvation”. Instead, they will say, “My God has the power to save me from my sins.” As we go through life, let us be both cognizant, and grateful, to our great God, who saves us from ourselves through Jesus’ blood and our obedient faith!