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Are You Worthy?
Lessons Learned From Thor
By Iain Dick
What man out there doesn’t find Thor one of the most appealing heroes ever created?
I mean; He’s a god, he’s of Norse/Viking inspiration, he looks great, he’s confident, but most of all he’s strong. He emulates every human quality that a man idolizes, respects, and desires to be. He taps into a deep ideology of manhood for the majority of men.
It doesn’t take long in the first Thor movie for us to realize that his ability, strength, power, and might are all laced with arrogance, self-importance, and love of himself above all else. He’s impulsive, he’s reckless, and it takes a huge blunder for him to realize the error of his ways – when his father Odin banishes him to Earth, and declares him unworthy of the power he’d been granted. This power that he’d been given was materialized and channeled through Mjolnir: his hammer. The hammer can only be wielded by whoever is worthy of its power.
Maybe it’s just me, but when I look at that arrangement, my first response would be: “No way. No way would I be worthy of such power.” I would probably say that most men would say the same, if they were being honest – save the few who are bold enough to give it a try. But I wonder how many men don’t need a mythical hammer to tell them they’re unworthy? Not worthy of that job. Not worthy of recognition. Not worthy of love.
Guys, we don’t have to live a life where we jump between the dizzy heights of self-importance and the depths of self-loathing. There are many stops on that route that God would much rather we got off at.
Psalm 139:13-14 tells us, “For you formed my innermost parts; You knit me [together] in my mother’s womb. I will give thanks and praise to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are your works, And my soul knows it very well” (AMP).
But do we? Do we know this very well? I don’t think we do.
If we truly knew how wonderful God considers us to be, and how intricately and carefully He made each and every one of us, we’d never say or think the things we do about ourselves.
If you are reading this and you feel worthless, why do you think Jesus died? He knew the price of dying on the cross, He knew that He was going to hell and back for us to be reconnected with God, and He considered us worth it.
Later in the movie, Thor makes the choice to die so that innocent people didn’t have to. He sacrificed his own life for others. In doing so, he proves himself worthy of the power given to him through Mjolnir. Jesus made a similar choice, but that was for the guilty. Jesus died for us even while we were dead in our sin (Colossians 2:13). In doing so, Jesus has empowered us to wield great power and authority through the Holy Spirit. So, as children of God, in Christ we are empowered through HIS sacrifice. We don’t need to prove ourselves worthy. He did it for us, so we never have to prove our worth ever again.
During a low-point, Erik Selvig says to Thor, “It’s not a bad thing finding out you don’t have all the answers. That’s when you start asking the right questions.” No matter where you are in life, or how you consider your own self-worth, let me encourage you that it’s not too late to start again. Realizing that you don’t have the answers is the best place to start with God. He even promises us that if we would just humble ourselves and pray, He will hear us, forgive our sin, and heal our land (2 Chronicles 7:14).
What that means for us is that we can now choose to stop trying to prove our own worth in life. We can now stop thinking that we know everything. We can stop pretending that we have it all together and come to God just as we are.
When Thor once again takes hold of Mjolnir, he is empowered.
When we take hold of God’s amazing grace for ourselves and realize that He has given us our true worth, we are empowered!