What we do, what we are, what we have, all depend upon what we think. Dare to dream-dare to try-dare to fail-dare to succeed.
Each year, different teams make the cut to participate in the Champions’ League. As illustrated in the previous post there is a lot of celebration associated with the league but only one team emerges on top. This time I want us to take the winning side, what does this team do that gets them the coveted trophy? All teams prepare for tournaments, but that alone does not assure them of victory. Some teams have the highest paid players yet that still does not translate to wins.
Coincidentally, the same fate befalls those who walk in Christianity. Not everyone lives a full life as designed by God. This life is not devoid of problems, rather the winning Christian understands how to press on, despite the short comings. What can we do in order to experience a life of victory as Christians? What is different in the lives of those who seem to have constant joy and opportunities as compared to those who seem to be struggling despite their salvation? We all play to win, the question however is, how do we ensure that we win? How do we make this statement that Paul made about his life our own,
2nd Timothy 4:7-8 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.
In soccer, different premiership leagues have different styles of playing and each team brings out their preference. This is what makes the Champions’ League enjoyable to watch as two teams could be playing completely different styles of football, giving the spectators the “best” of both worlds. Teammates who train together at club level come and play in sync, and those with the best chemistry and understanding of each other as a team take the cup. Teammates are synchronized in the team’s uniqueness. Compare this to the world cup where a mix of different styles are brought together and expected to synchronize within a short time. More often than not, players shine as individuals and not as a team. Each player is unique but they are not synchronized as a team because they hardly train together; they lack the familiarity to one another.
As the children of God, we all have unique strengths in us which God wants us to play out. Rather than conform to patterns set by the world, we have the ability to become all we can be in Christ. The problem is that we are not synchronized with Christ in our uniqueness. We try to apply our strengths without involving the One who gave us those gifts. Just like world cup teams that hardly get enough practice time together, we spend very little time with God so that we align to His ways. We are busy trying to shine on our own and this busyness becomes our downfall. We need a clear revelation of God in our lives. The only way to know God and understand His Word is by dwelling in Him; we need to spend more time reading His word, fellowship with other believers, praying at all times and teaching others of the things we have learnt. We cannot bring out the best of our uniqueness without synchronizing with God; His Word gives us direct access to Him, thus bringing the best out of us.
John 16:25-27 These things I have spoken to you in figurative language; but the time will come when I will no longer speak to you in figurative language, but I will tell you plainly about the Father. In that day you will ask in My name, and I do not say to you that I shall pray the Father for you; because the Father Himself loves you, because you loved Me, and have believed that I came forth from God.
- No Guts, No Glory
Dreams only come true for those who work while they dream.
There is a price to pay for the championship title; training gets intensive, schedules become tighter as these teams have to juggle between three or more tournaments-premiership ties, international fixtures and the Champions’ League itself. Furthermore, many players sustain injuries that take a whole season to heal-a dear price but the joy of winning surpasses all of the pain.
Saved or unsaved, we all go through trying times in our lives. The difference is in how we go through it. When we take that step to walk with God, it initially seems like a huge sacrifice as most of the things that seemed to appeal to us suddenly stop being beneficial. It is only with the test of time that we realize how good we have it. The world has nowhere to run to during tough times while we always have God on our side; in Him we have peace and a cup of victory. It may seem as if I am loosing and suffering but with the benefits that come with being in Him, everything else sounds quite small. When we have the guts to walk with Jesus, we reap immeasurable glory-we win without even trying.
John 16:32-33 Indeed the hour is coming, yes, has now come, that you will be scattered, each to His own, and will leave Me alone. And yet I am not alone, because the Father is with Me. These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.
Do you want to join the winning team? Engage in God’s Word and have the guts to walk in it!