In our present day, we have many people who are over concerned with the attributes that go along with ‘hyper’ or hyper-activeness. There is a strong sense that we need prescriptions and sedations for people who may display an extra dose of energy, ambition, and/or thoughts. In many cases, hyper-activeness is construed to be counter to normal behavior, and thus we sense we should sedate the behavior to reduce the energy level to a normal level.
Have you ever wondered if this attitude toward hyper action has brought down the overall level of energy that humanity has it its disposal? Even though sedation may be healthy in some cases, we should make sure we are not lowering the bar of the people who have been born with an extra dose of ambition and energy.
This same attitude toward zealous or hyper-active Christians has been seen in many religious circles. The good news with truly hyper active Christians is that they cannot be sedated by medication. There may be attempts to stifle them by churches, religions, and others who cannot bear to see the intensity that God has bestowed on their life. However, as you will read, there is no human remedy for the hyper conquer in Christ. They cannot be sedated because the Spirit of God in them is healthy, liberating, and more in control of their faculties than others think.
As we ponder the many great men and women of the Bible and throughout church history, we see that they have generally been granted an extra dose of spiritual power, faith, hope, and/or endowment of power to get them beyond the ordinary religious person. Imagine the course of Christian heritage if these individuals would have lowered the bar of what God called them to do simply because others thought that they had a hyper belief or faith that allowed them to do things others normally would not or could not do. What if we would have sedated these individuals so they acted more like we do? We may initially feel better and have been more accepting of their eagerness, but in the end they may have only accomplished a portion of what the Lord designed for them to accomplish.
We must always be careful that we are not requesting church members, pastors, and others who are hyper active and/or zealous for the things of God to be lowered to a lesser level than God has intended them to be functioning at. God’s Word is clear that he gives a different measure of his grace to everyone. “Ephesians 4:7 states “But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.”
In Ephesians 4: 11- 16 the Apostle Paul gives the definition of bringing the church into a full unity, He eloquently uses word “Measure”. He states that we are to come “up to the measure of the fullness of Christ." We are not called to pull down the measure to what the people feel comfortable with or perceived as normal religious activity. We are all to pull toward the direction of the measure of the fullness of Christ. We are never called to pull people down to a level so we can all look and act the same, and have a pseudo brand of unity. This would not be unity, but complacency that only looks and smells like unity.
Throughout the books of Ephesians and Roman’s we are challenged on numerous occasions to be much more than what we are, not less than what we are. In fact, Paul tells us plainly that if the same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead is in us, it will make our bodies more alive, not less alive. When Godly people are full of God’s Spirit we will see more action, not less action. Call it hyper action or hyper faith, but it would be more on the spectrum that moves mountains with even a grain of faith; rather than the end of the spectrum that stifles movements. When our faith in God cannot move a dead church to a living church, or a dead saint to a living saint, we should be concerned. We should step back and ask if the saints have been sedated, and brought to the normal human plane of life, that refuses to usher in the supernatural Spirit of the living God; which brings excitement, joy, renewal, and revival. Our churches can no longer afford caffeine free religion, which no longer wakes us up, shakes us up, and if not careful won’t take us up.
In Romans 8:37 the Apostle Paul stated that we are more than conquerors in Christ Jesus who loves us. What is particularly interesting is the word that is used for Conquerors is ‘”Hupernikao” and it is the only place it is used in the Bible. The word itself means hyper conqueror. Vines Expository dictionary states the exact word to be “Hyper-conqueror.” As previously stated, we often have a negative connotation for the word hyper. In this passage it is used as a positive aspect and means much more than a conqueror; a triumphant conquer; a person who stretches beyond the ordinary; excels.
As we read the scripture surrounding Romans 8:37, we find that the Apostle Paul was taking the readers to one extreme to another. He stated that many of the Christians and future followers may experience persecution and death for their non–normal faith, yet despite even death, no one will be able to separate them from the Love of God. He then states that this very experience makes you a hyper conqueror. In other words, the Apostle Paul is building a case to state that no ‘normal person’ or normal conqueror calls this suffering victorious. Yet, because of their great understanding of what God has done for them, along with the fact that they had a dose of God’s Spirit, they would be hyper conquers. What a title to be called a non-normal person, by such a non-normal leader of God…the Apostle Paul.
As you reflect on this passage in Romans it is also important to note that the book of Romans was written to the Roman people who had a strong desire to be conquers as the Roman people were soldiers and warriors. They had reached the ultimate solders challenge….to be a cut above the normal conquerors; a hyper conqueror.
We wonder how many of us imagine ourselves as conquerors in Christ Jesus, yet alone hyper-conquerors? We are not called to be hyper-complainers, hyper-worriers, hyper-materialistic, hyper-fearful, hyper-doubtful; but Hyper-conquerors. Let’s stake our claim in the Name of Jesus and become soldiers of a living God whom has called us to a much higher calling than we have presently reached.
In a recent local Church service it was interesting to note that the majority of the congregation rose their hands when asked if they felt as if their life had not been as accomplished as they once thought it should be. This is typical when we live in a society that would rather beat us down, wear us down, and tear us down. It is time that God’s people rise above what normal people think and become all that God desired for us to become; in Christ Jesus. We can no longer let people and the enemy of the living God lie to the reality that God has a greater purpose for each of us in our journey to advance the Kingdom.