“But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” ~ I Corinthians 15:57
I received a text message from a friend the other day, telling me she was off to see her students play basketball against the team from the school I work at. I texted her back, asking her to cheer on our team a little, too – they were rolling to a ten-game winning streak. She wrote back that meant it would be a long night for her team – they hadn’t won a game all season.
It WAS a long night for her team. She sent me a text at half time – our team was winning, 40-5. Needless to say, I didn’t bother asking who won. For an undefeated team, blitzing over a winless team doesn’t take much. In fact, I think everyone on our bench scored points in that game.
Our team was basically guaranteed a victory in that situation – all they had to do was show up and play.
As followers of Christ, we have the same sort of guaranteed win – we just need to show up and live it out. Thanks to the sacrifice Jesus made for us, God has given us victory over sin and death. But too often we forget to live it, or else we think we need to somehow earn it on our own.
If we are part of a winning team, why on earth wouldn’t we act like it? God has promised us victory. Our job is to claim that promise. If we don’t, it’s like ignoring a victory that’s already in hand, and choosing defeat instead. And why would we live a life of defeat, when we’ve been promised the win?