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2 Timothy 4:11 “Only Luke is with me. Get Mark and bring him with you, for he is useful to me for ministry.”

Sometime after The Incredible Hulk TV series ended, NBC showed a few made-for-TV movies about the characters. The first one was The Incredible Hulk Returns; in this plot, David Banner and his hulking alter-ego are re-introduced to a former college student David encountered named Don Blake. Blake had sought out Banner to try and help him deal with a unique situation: on a northern archaeological expedition, Blake had discovered a Viking war hammer and somehow became “linked” with a Viking warrior-king named Thor. (NOTE: this version of Thor and Don Blake differs somewhat from the comic book version.)

Discovering the hammer within Thor’s crypt, Blake’s interaction with it brought Thor back to our world; the warrior had been punished by Odin for the sin of arrogance, and had to perform a series of heroic deeds to gain entrance to Valhalla (the Viking afterlife). Odin linked the two and put Blake in charge whenever Thor was called back to our world. The following conversation occurs after David encourages Blake to try and to talk with Thor to get some answers. Thor is describing the “limbo” he waits in while he’s not on Earth.

“Do you know what it’s like to be without flesh, Blake? Without flesh that you can feel…without blood pumping through your limbs. With no heart and no chest to hold it?. And still, at the same time…to be awake. Not sleeping, not dead. Not anything. A place of mist and smoke. Darkness…alone…as if in some terrible dream.

And then…then, Blake…to hear the call…like a war horn in battle. And then to awaken as you were! When men and women ate life with shining teeth!

None of them are left now. but I am what I always will be.”

Thor’s melancholy countenance brightens when he mentions hearing the call to action, the call to life. When I read the above verse, I wonder how Mark felt when he received Paul’s request that Paul wanted him to come to him, “for he is useful to me for ministry.” To hear that call to action. I know from my own experiences that it is one of most fulfilling, satisfying feelings ever, when you are used by God for ministry. To know that you have followed His instruction and been a part of His work here on Earth. You just feel so good, it can be hard to express it in words, the joy of serving the Lord.

So, for your information…do you hear God’s call today? It’s time to follow His direction and be used by Him for His glory.

Something to think about.

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