Wisdom from Spiderman

While Spiderman may have made this quote famous, Jesus knew of its truth a few thousand years beforehand.

Matthew 20:17-34

Reference: v.22 “You don’t know what you are asking,” Jesus said to them. “Can you drink the cup I am going to drink?”
“We can,” they answered. (TNIV Bible)

Explore: “With great power, comes great responsibility.”

This is a good quote made famous by Stan Lee, the writer of Spiderman, said through his character Ben Parker (Spiderman’s grandfather).

While I find this quote to be very true, it’s not something we think about when we start to desire more power. It’s so easy to look at people who have more fame and power than we do and think they have the best life.

It’s not until we find ourselves in those same positions that we realize the position of power is not all it’s cracked up to be.

Application: While Spiderman may have made this quote famous, Jesus knew of its truth a few thousand years beforehand.

The disciples were human and desired positions of power and prestige. Even their families desired this for them. And yet, Jesus knew that being in a position close to Him did not mean you would get all that you bargained for.

When we look to be in a good position with Christ it often means that we are set in a lowly position according to our world. While Christ had the ultimate position of being God’s Son, on earth He was given the worst position – nailed to a cross.

While it is great for us to desire to position ourselves close to Christ, we need to understand that with that power comes great responsibility.

Prayer: Lord, we often desire a smooth, comfy life, however, it is often the bumpy road that brings us closer to You. May we understand our responsibility and continue on that bumpy road. Amen.

What responsibilities do you take on due to your faith?

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This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.