We all like to win. Even if you’re not a competitive person, winning at least brings a smile to your face. If you are a competitive person, well, you know how good it feels.
But there’s something funny about winning. That feeling is short-lived. That trophy will gather dust and eventually be put in a box. Another project will come along and someone else will win it.
Life has taught us that losses are inevitable. Our feelings will be hurt. We will have unmet expectations. Death will occur. Bad news will eventually come our way.
The early followers of Jesus knew this all too well. Jesus was the promised Messiah. He healed and taught with authority. The number of people following him increased. Wins! Jesus was almost always misunderstood. He was betrayed and arrested and killed. Losses!
Win. Lose. Back and forth. We are all too familiar with this.
But the story for Jesus’ followers, back then and today, does not end with a loss. He died for a purpose—for you. And he rose from the dead—for you. You win every day forever!
How can you experience victory every day forever? Here are three ways:
- Identity – Your identity is who you are. It cannot be taken away from you. As a follower of Jesus,
- You are forgiven. (Colossians 1:13–14)
- You are loved no matter what. (Romans 8:37–39)
- God is for you. (Romans 8:31–32)
- You have worth. (Romans 5:8)
- You belong to God. (1 John 4:4)
- You are not condemned. (Romans 8:1–2)
- Unity – When you become a follower of Jesus, your heavenly Father “deposits” (Ephesians 1:13–14) the Holy Spirit into you. The Holy Spirit unites you with your heavenly Father so that you can have a vibrant relationship with him.
- Eternity – As a follower of Jesus, there is a place being prepared for you when you die (John 14:1–3, Hebrews 11:16). Even though you live on earth, your citizenship and your home are in heaven (Philippians 3:20–21).
Our identity, unity, and eternity affect how we live every day. We are guaranteed these things. We win! The victory is ours!
“But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Corinthians 15:57)