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INTRODUCTION: Today we're going to start with a little quiz. I'm going to give you the names of several super-heroes and I want you to write down their "secret identities". Then, we'll see how well you did. These will increase in difficulty as we go along. Let's get started with the super-heroes:
1) Superman – Clark Kent
2) Spiderman – Peter Parker
3) The Incredible Hulk – Bruce Banner
4) Iron Man – Tony Stark
5) Mr. Fantastic (Fantastic Four) – Reed Richards
6) Bonus – The Invisible Woman (also Fantastic Four) - Sue Storm who married Reed Richards aka Sue Richards
Every super-hero has a SECRET IDENTITY. In the animated movie "The Incredibles" the mother passes out the little masks to the kids and says "Put these on. Your identity is your most valuable possession. Protect it. And if anything goes wrong, use your powers."
"Your identity is your most valuable possession." One thing that seems to be true of all superheroes is that they all have a secret identity which they protect. They have a public persona and they have a private persona. Protecting that private persona enables them to carry on their public work.
If you think about it, that's true of just about all of us. There is the part of our lives that is lived in public and there is the part of our lives that is lived in secret. And much of Jesus' teaching dealt with the secret, hidden life that no one else ever sees. Why? Because it's so central and pivotal to who we really are. "As a man thinks in his heart, so is he."
The man or woman who cultivates a disciplined, spiritual and righteous hidden life will find supernatural strength and resources in times of great crises and trial. The man or woman who cultivates an undisciplined, selfish and worldly hidden life will find that they are weak and vulnerable when the great tests of life come.
Jesus put it this way at the conclusion ...
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