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June 25, 2019, 9:30 AM

Mjolnir Christians

  1. Endgame, the final movie in the Marvel Avengers series, was easily the most anticipated, highest grossing movie in recent memory. While it had its many twists and turns and monumental moments, one of the highlights for many was Captain America wielding Thor’s hammer. If you don’t know what makes this an important occurrence, let me briefly explain. Thor’s hammer, Mjolnir, is infused with great power and only individuals deemed worthy by the source of this power are able to even lift the hammer. Many characters throughout the course of the series had attempted to pick up the hammer but only a few besides Thor had success. So, how does this relate to anything in the Bible? Hebrews 11 describes some of the amazing men and women of the faith. The history of their lives, all the ups, and downs, highlights, and lowlights provide a great example for believers today. Toward the end of the chapter, the author begins a summation of the accomplishments and challenges faced by those who have gone before us. One thing that is difficult to share with people about faith and following God is the fact that it will seldom be easy. It seems as if some people have bought the lie that being a Christian means that you won’t have any more struggles, or that God will always step in and protect us from hurting, suffering, or persecution. Many have learned these ideas to false. Hebrews 11:36-38 provides an overview of some of the circumstances followers of God endured. These are some of the things that separate the sheep from the goats (Matthew 25:31-46) and cause some to be like the seed that fell upon the rock. They received the word with joy and began to grow but because there was no root they fell away quickly when times of trouble came upon them (Luke 8:4-15). The faith of the followers in Hebrews 11 was a strong faith given to them, like all believers, as a gift from God. It’s the life lived in this faith and the enduring of difficult times, even to the point of death, that caused the author to declare the world to be unworthy of them. The source of the power of those believers was God and by this power, they were able to defeat the enemy, not by earthly standards necessarily, because of the victory of eternal life. God doesn’t always remove His people from difficult situations. Sometimes He empowers them with faith to be wielded as a mighty weapon so that after this life is over and the victory is won, it can be said to the world about them, “You’re not worthy!” If you are enduring through difficult times and you don’t understand why God would allow these circumstances to come against you, just think, maybe God has declared you worthy to bring Him glory by the power of the faith you possess and He has given you a platform to shine your light so that people will give Him praise (Matthew 5:16).


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