A Supernatural Power
by Kelly Ferguson
“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen” (I Peter 4:10-11 NIV).
My daughter loves superhero movies, but I am not such a fan. I’m reluctant to watch them with her because the similarities make me feel as though I’ve already seen them all. In the beginning of each story, the superhero discovers their power. The hero then falls in love with someone whom they may or may not tell about their power. Then at the end of the movie, the superhero fights the enemy, rescues the love interest, and destroys New York City in the process. I avoided the films until my daughter convinced me to watch one more, promising this movie was different.
It was … sort of. The final battle didn’t destroy New York City but the galaxy instead.
As writers, we too are gifted with a superpower; the ability to use words effectively to share a message and influence others. Our gift is a versatile and powerful tool that comes with great responsibility. With pen in hand, we can educate, influence, edify, inspire, and entertain. But, we can also promote bad agendas, share inaccurate or hurtful information, lead people astray, or ruin reputations.
Words carry power. A writer’s words can draw people to God by highlighting the source of their power, or push them away from him. So we must choose words that offer the ultimate rescue and show the strength of his love.
God has his reasons for entrusting us with this superpower. He gives us the choice to accept or decline this mission. We must rely on him for direction in wielding this power so we don’t cause destruction like those cinematic superheroes. We’ve been called for something far greater; building his kingdom.
God, help me to embrace my writing gift and the mission you have for me. I pray that you will guide me along the way. Please give me the courage to share my gift so that others may embrace your love and goodness.
Kelly Ferguson writes daily devotions for her church which have been shared widely. A widowed pastor’s wife, single mother, and trauma survivor, she writes from a heart which was thoroughly broken by grief and struggle and lovingly reassembled by our heavenly Father. She hopes to publish her first devotional book in 2019.