Spider-Man is one of the most popular and commercially successful superheroes. He is Marvel Comics mascot and appears everywhere, from newspaper comic strips, TV shows and on the big screen. He will even be turning up in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, alongside The Avengers later this year in Captain America: Civil War. Even those who have only a passing knowledge of Spiderman would be familiar with his catchphrase "With great power there must also come great responsibility" -- a line included in a text box in the final panel of the first Spider-Man story but later retroactively attributed to his guardian, the late Uncle Ben.
As Christians we should be very familiar with this catchphrase, a variant of it can be found throughout the Scriptures. Jesus said in Lk.12:48, “from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked” (cf Matt.25:29; Mark 4:24,25). In Matthew 28:16-20 Christ entrusted to us a great commission and, as his servants, we are called to be faithful in fulfilling this mission.
Spiderman learnt his lesson through tragedy, but we don't need to. As you go out into the week ahead, recognise the wonderful privilege of being an ambassador of the living God, and act accordingly. We don't have to go it alone, Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to help us live a Christ-like life. Pray that the Holy Spirit will keep us from the concerns and temptations of this world that would distract you from fulfilling your mission.
"This is how one should regard us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover, it is required of stewards that they be found faithful. But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged by you or by any human court. In fact, I do not even judge myself. For I am not aware of anything against myself, but I am not thereby acquitted. It is the Lord who judges me."1 Corinthians 4:1-4
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