A superhero might be in a hurry to right the injustices of the world, to cleanse the rot of society. But in all the superhero movies, we see that the biggest struggle a superhero faces is curing the injustices within.
Justice and goodness start on the inside.
Before we can truly contend for external justice, we have to win our internal fight, constantly choosing the spirit over the flesh. If we start rushing into external battles either to avoid the internal ones or in a false belief that solving the one will inevitably solve the other, we are on the slippery slope of losing our way.
The first step toward becoming a faith superhero is to seek goodness within ourselves. To be willing to discover and address hidden places, where truth and justice are lacking within our own hearts. Only by listening to the Spirit of God can this be achieved.
The best way to test whether we are making good inner choices is an honest evaluation of our behavior. Good soil produces vibrant plants. If we are sowing to the Spirit by choosing the Spirit, we should be reaping the fruits of the Spirit, such as peace and joy.
We change from the inside out. Yet we observe from the outside in. Our circumstances won’t transform our heart. Our heart transcends our circumstances.
“The seed which fell among the thorns, these are the ones who have heard, and as they go on their way they are choked with worries and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to maturity. But the seed in the good soil, these are the ones who have heard the word in an honest and good heart, and hold it fast, and bear fruit with perseverance.”
– Luke 8:14-15