Most young boys want to grow up to be like their heroes. Some want to grow up to be Firemen, Police Officers, Soldiers, Doctors or Cowboys others want to be secret agents or Karate Masters. We watch these figures on TV and we associate them with bravery and courage. They run into burning buildings to save cats and dogs, they pull children out of cars that are submerged, they chase down the bad guys and save the damsel in distress. There are certain characters that embody all of the elements of the good guys, such is the case with Col. Steve Austin. As far as I'm concerned he is one of the coolest small screen stars of all time, lets check his resume. Steve is an Astronaut who has walked on the moon, he is a pilot who has flown some of the fastest planes ever made, he is a small town guy with down home values.
Steve is the dude that you want your daughters to marry and your sons to emulate. Steve appeared to have it all until the fateful day of his horrific accident changed his life forever. He was designated as the test pilot for a prototype air craft called a "lifting body". The flight was going well when suddenly the air craft began experiencing technical problems. The plane crashes to the ground with Steve trapped inside. Steve is now barely clinging to life, his injuries are critical; he has lost both legs, his right arm and his right eye. Steve's good friend, Dr. Rudy Wells a skilled surgeon and brilliant scientist is struggling to keep him alive and determined to find a way to piece him back together. As it turns out Rudy has been experimenting in the field of Bionics (think robotics meets prosthetics).
Rudy has one huge problem, the cost to put Steve back together carries a huge price tag, Six Million Dollars to be exact. What Rudy does not know is that there is a secret agency called the Office of Scientific Investigation (OSI) that has been tracking Rudy's work. Rudy is approached by the mysterious Director of the agency Oscar Goldman and given the green light to rebuild Steve to become the worlds first Bionic Man. Steve is fitted with two legs allowing him to run up to sixty miles per hour. He gets a new right eye that acts as a long range telescope the exact distance still unknown. Finally, he has a right arm with enough power In it to crush a car into rubble. The OSI begins to assign Steve to secret missions in clandestine places all over the world. Every week we would find Steve in a sticky situation using his wit and bionics to get him out of tough spots.
Steve's story is inspirational and for me it hits home in a powerful way. We encounter people everyday who are barely alive, the joy has been sucked out of their lives and they have not been able to restore themselves. Christ was born, crucified and resurrected so that we might access to eternal life. 2 Corinthians 5:17 - Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature; old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. God wants to rebuild us, he wants to remove the depression, despair, hopelessness and loss to make us stronger, faster, better than before. Isaiah 40:31 - "But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not faint."
We have access to Christ and the privilege of allowing him to rebuild us from the inside out and unlike Steve, building a relationship with God is free. I'd say we got the better deal.