Iron Man did the Work, not Tony Stark

Iron Man

Iron Man was bullet proof. Iron Man had super strength. Iron Man could fly. Tony Stark couldn’t do any of the above. Tony Stark was merely a man who was clothed in an Iron Man suit. The power in which a powerless Tony Stark was endowed with was in the Iron Man suit which he had on.

Tony Stark uttered the words “I am Iron Man” in the final scenes of the first movie but actually that phrase is incorrect. Tony Stark had no power at all.

Are we Broken People?

We all have words and phrases that we consider common. Sometimes as we live out our daily lives certain words or phrases are highlighted in our lives and we begin to hear them over and over again. That’s been the case with me and the phrase “we are all broken people”.

We are in Christ just as Tony Stark was in his superhuman Iron Man suit. The difference is that Tony frequently and voluntarily took his Iron Man suit off. We are to put on Christ (Romans 13:14) and never take Him off.

It’s a phrase that I’ve heard many times in the past but never as much as I’ve heard it over the past month or so. I have to admit that this phrase has never quite sat well with me. I’ve tried on several occasions to discuss and/or explain what I felt about the phrase and how I felt it related (or didn’t relate) to me, but the words escaped me. I finally just chalked it up to a case of semantics and left it alone. That is until last week during the worship portion our church service.

Something that’s broken can’t be used

Whether a television, a washer or dryer, a lawnmower, a computer….you name it, if it’s broken, it can’t be used. In fact when things break, we usually throw them away. Broken things are good for nothing. I suppose that’s the issue I’ve always had with referring to myself as broken. I know that I’m not perfect, and will never be, but I’m far from being broken in the above sense.

So I found myself sitting in the service last week milling these things over in my mind. There is a huge 7 foot cross just a few feet away from where I usually sit in church. With the worship music playing and Mrs. Anna singing her heart out, I stared at the cross and meditated on the power we possess in Christ. Then from out of nowhere the words “I Am” flashed across my mind.

I’d like to say what happened next was super spiritual, but at face value it wasn’t. What my mind attached to the words “I Am” was an image of Iron Man. Try as I might to dismiss the image of Iron Man, it haunted me all during worship.

Then the comparison of Iron Man and Tony Stark came to mind. Tony Stark has no super power. He’s actually kind of obnoxious. He could be called an arrogant, egotistical womanizer. Those are far from flattering characteristics.

But when Tony Stark dons the Iron Man suit he becomes superhuman. While in his suit he can fly. Tony Starks’ Iron Man suit supplies him with armored protection from incoming attacks. The Iron Man suit has repulsor rays, jet boosters and all sorts of sensory equipment to help Tony Stark do things that would be unthinkable in his own power.

So what does all of this have to do with us being broken people? Well as I sat there looking at that cross it occurred to me that Tony Stark was a broken person. But when difficult situations arose, it’s not Tony Stark that shows up to battle evil. Iron Man is the one who was called upon to act when lives were in peril.

I Am in Christ as Tony Stark was in Iron Man

And so it is with us as Christians. We are in Christ just as Tony was in his superhuman Iron Man suit. The difference is that Tony frequently and voluntarily took his Iron Man suit off. We are to put on Christ (Romans 13:14) and never take Him off.

There are countless scriptures that tell us who we are in Christ. Sure, I’m inadequate outside of Him, but why would any Christian want to see themselves outside of Christ? We are complete in Him (Colossians 2:10), in Him we have redemption (Ephesians 1:7), we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us (Philippians 4:13), in Him we live and move and have our being (Acts 17:28), we are the righteousness of God, in Christ Jesus (2 Corinthians 5:21), there is no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1), thanks be to God who always leads us to triumph in Christ (2 Corinthians 2:14).

I could go on and on about who we are, what we have and what we can do as long as we remain….you guessed it…In Christ. It’s true, we were once broken people. But today our heavenly Father sees us through the blood of Jesus Christ. If God the Father no longer sees us in our state of brokenness, why would we choose to see and refer to ourselves in our pre-Christ condition?

I am not broken

If you’re feeling broken today I encourage you to put your Jesus suit on. Allow yourself and your life to merge and become one with His. Surrender your life and purposely begin to see yourself in Christ. When you begin to see yourself in Him, there’s no way you will ever consider yourself broken again.

Click HERE to download scripture verses that tell us who we are, what we have, and what we can do in Christ. Meditate on these scriptures and watch all sense of brokenness and spiritual inferiority fade into oblivion.

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  1. Fabulous post! Love the Iron man analogy too! I try to stay in Christ always.

  2. Being an Iron Man fan and a Christian who knows I am very broken, I never would have looked at it this way. Obviously Tony Stark is a very broken man, and often the use of the Iron Man costume/mask helps hide the hurt. How often do we, as broken Christians, do the same?

    • Hello Jim, thank you for your comment. I want to make sure I understand you correctly. In the analogy, I used the Iron Man suit as the strength we have in Christ and Tony Stark as an example of how flawed and weak we are outside of Christ. When you say, “Obviously Tony Stark is a very broken man, and often the use of the Iron Man costume/mask helps hide the hurt”, are you using the suit as a type of Christ as well?

      • Hi Greg,
        I am using the same analogy, but, as with Tony Stark taking off the suit when it "suits" him, (no pun intended), we are secure in having put on Christ, knowing that we do not put Him on and take Him off for emergencies or heroics only. In fact, for the Christian who only turns to Christ, or the powers He has, when they are in crisis, this is very much like the broken Tony Stark who puts on a suit of armor only for a battle he is unable to handle himself. We must, instead, be humble enough to recognize that we are never capable of handling the battle of this world without the armor and protection of Jesus Christ on at all times.

        • OUTSTANDING OBERVATION JIM! I had not seen your point until now. Thank you so much for your input. I’m sure many will benefit from what you shared. I know I sure have. Thanks again….

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