Thursday, February 17, 2011

Super Granny

John 10:1-21

As I was watching the news on Wednesday morning an article came on about a lady the Today Show dubbed as the "Super Granny."  A woman, who is often in a wheelchair due to arthritis, saw six men creating a commotion on the streets of London.  She first thought that they were beating up someone and she ran over to help and as she got closer, she realized that they were attempting to break into a jewelry store in daylight.  She was not going to stand by and let them do that and wielding only her handbag, she began swinging it and hit the robbers.  The robbers ran away; however they didn't get far and four were arrested.  During her interview, she explained that she was upset that they were trying to rob a jewelry store during the day which caused her to move boldly.  When asked if she would do it again, she said yes.

Keep in mind her bold actions!  She has arthritis that often has her in a wheelchair; however she ran across the street to confront the robbers.  She was not going to allow this crime to happen in her neighborhood.  Her son explained that she has spent years keeping drugs and crime out of her neighborhood.  This made me think of a parable Jesus told about who the ultimate robber is; please look up John 10:1-21.

Our enemy wants to keep us from knowing our Savior; he wants to keep us from growing through oppression.  Christ tells us that He laid down His life so that Satan would not have victory in his theft.  Please remember that this is the ultimate robbery.  Lately I have been thinking about how our actions as Christians need to be radical and bold just like the "Super Granny."  Just as she didn't think about her physical limitations or the danger and ran in and fought the robbers, we need to be willing to react to the lies and oppression in a bold way knowing that we are not alone.  We need to be grounded in the Word and in prayer and in spiritual friendships so we are ready for battle.  We can't think of our limitations because we know that God's strength is made perfect in our weaknesses (2 Corinthains 12:9).  We need to be swinging and fighting when we see him trying to rob us or others of their relationship with Christ.

The video is a little long, but please look at the interview of the Super Granny.  Watch how she keeps swinging until she has accomplished her goal.  We need to keep swinging!

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