Three Lessons for Spiderman
I have loved the recent push from Hollywood to bring all of the superhero from my childhood comic books and to put them on the “big screen.” The ability of modern special effects artists to take the stuff of Stan Lee’s imagination and make it materialize on a screen, is sometimes breath taking. This comic book renaissance really began with Spiderman in 2002. One iconic scene from that movie portrays Peter Parker holding his dying uncle as he utters his last words, “With great power, comes great responsibility.”
Uncle Ben’s wisdom is actually just a paraphrasing of Jesus’ wisdom from Luke 12:48, where Jesus says, “Everyone to whom much was given, of him much will be required, and from him to whom they entrusted much, they will demand the more.” This statement of Jesus’ is found in His story of a man who was going away on a trip, and while he was gone, he entrusted his possessions to his servants. The businessman knows his servants well, so he gives five portions to one servant, two portions to the second and one portion to the last servant.
Jesus concludes this parable with the return of the man to reckon the accounts of what he had set his servants over. The first and second servants both doubled the portions that they were given. The third servant dug a hole in the ground and buried the money until the businessman returned. There are three important lessons for us to learn from this parable.
- We are not all created equal.
I’m not one to squabble with the founding fathers, but in this parable Jesus explains that there are different expectations for different people. While we are all equal in value and worth, God has given more responsibility to certain people than He has to others. It is my personal belief that as you grow in faith and maturity, God gives you more to serve Him with. This is why we cannot judge the level of spiritual maturity by comparing two Christian to one another - God has created us differently.
2. We serve for God, not for us.
The first two servants were rewarded for their return. The first servant turned five portions into 10 and the second servant turned two into four. Both servants were rewarded equally, even though the actual sum of the returns were different. The point is that God only holds us accountable to what He has gifted us to complete.
3. We will be help accountable.
Jesus promised us when He left that He would return. When He returns, we will all give an answer concerning the responsibilities that God has entrusted to us. We should be faithful to complete what God has made us the steward of, instead of comparing ourselves to what those around us are doing.