I am team Christian. I root for every last one of us to win all the time, in every aspect of our lives. For as long as I can remember I’ve been in the church (aka going to church). As a matter of fact, I’ve been a part of it as long as I have been alive. I’ve been to mega churches, smaller local churches, and mid-sized congregations. But what I’ve noticed is that when it comes to the personal lives of many Christians, a lot of them are living in defeat. Defeat in finances, defeat in careers, defeat in health, peace of mind, and the list goes on. Being a Christian and not winning has never sat well with me. Something has to be wrong. And it’s imperative that we find out what it is, and make it right.
I strongly believe that living as a winner vs. living in defeat is a matter of two things: knowing who you are, and making a choice. If you are clear about who and whose you are, then you know what you deserve. “Beloved, now are we the sons of God.” –1 John 3:2. “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood…” – 1 Peter 2:9. “…Joint heirs with Christ.” – Romans 8:17. Once we know who we are, then we know what we’re capable of: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” – Philippians 4:13. When we gain confidence in knowing that we can do all things through Christ, anything we do will prosper Psalms 1:3, giving defeat no chance of survival.
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge says Hosea 4:6. So many are defeated because they don’t know that they have a choice not be. Perhaps we are focusing on the wrong thing. Simply looking forward to heaven, while having neglected an abundant life here on earth. Looking forward to heaven is great. But while we’re here on earth we should absolutely be living and not just existing. After all, God wants us to have life more abundantly John 10:10.
Why is it that a lot of Christians are living on the wrong side of the cross? Meaning, we glorify the suffering, but not the victory. A lot of Christians are alive but not living. Okay, I’m getting churchy, and I didn’t want to. So I’ll stop here. But I’ll leave you with this. Christ suffered so that we didn’t have to. We don’t have to live in defeat. It’s a choice. Choose life, and live.