"With great power, comes great responsibility"
These are probably the most profound words to ever come from the typewriter of Stan Lee, the creator of Spiderman. They represent the painful realization that orphan, Peter Parker (a.k.a. Spiderman), came to after initially using his powers for personal monetary gain.
While acting selfishly to earn money as a wrestler, Peter turned a blind eye to justice and allowed a common thief to escape. This same criminal would then go on to kill Peter’s beloved uncle, Ben. Peter had the power to stop this man and prevent the future tragedy from occurring. He chose instead to do nothing. The ramification of his inaction materialized as a great personal loss and overwhelming sense of guilt.
Do you realize that, as a believer, the Greatest Power in the universe resides within you?
The One who created the heavens and the earth, who brought all things into being, lives inside of you.
The choice is now yours…
…You can look at 143 million fatherless children and choose to look the other way. These children will then be snapped up by the enemy and turned into child soldiers, terrorists, drug dealers or prostitutes. Just as with Peter Parker, your lack of involvement may eventually manifest as a personal loss of great magnitude – the wicked drugs that control your daughter’s life; the car bomb that rips your spouse away from you; the HIV/AIDS virus that runs through your own veins because of tainted blood exposure. 143 million lives can very well have such far-reaching effects.
…Or you can take personal responsibility for the Great Power that is within you and respond in obedience to God’s call to take care of the widow and orphan, breaking the chain of unholy consequences and causing an exponential advancement of the message of love and reconciliation.
You do indeed have the power…and you are indeed responsible for urgently applying it to the mega-issue of our time.
That time is short.
It was a Scottish missionary to South Africa, Robert Moffat (1795-1883), who first uttered the famous words, "We shall have all eternity in which to celebrate our victories, but we have only one swift hour before the sunset in which to win them."
There are many orphans like Peter Parker. Great power can be used to rescue them. And great power can be delivered to them to change the world as "Super-natural Heroes" for God.