Victory

Published on Oct 29th, 2014 by Pastor Ed Hlad | 0
Victory

Victory

If you are old like me you remember the show, “Wide World of Sports”. They had a great slogan, “The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat”.  I think the agony of defeat was said as some poor guy was crashing off the ski jump.  Week after week this poor guy had to relive his fall and understand that he was the poster boy for the agony of defeat.  I grew up playing sports.  I remember my little league team that never won a game.  I can remember playing short stop and having to run out to the center field wall to retrieve a base hit because out center fielder had sat down and was throwing rocks at our right fielder.  We were worse than the Bad News Bears (another reference only old people know).  As I grew up I was very mediocre in sports but went to a very small Christian school and so I was able to play a lot.  I then went to a very small college and was again able to get to have some very good seats for basketball as I sat on the bench a lot.  Even though things started out rough in little league I was able to be on a number of winning teams.  I must say that winning always felt better than losing.  There was a thrill in victory and losing could bring some temporary agony (especially in practice the next day).

One of the lessons I learned in college was that even though I may not have played much in the game (I often threatened to wear my street clothes under my warm ups so I could get to my dates quicker) I did practice hard.  I did my best to make sure that those who played more than I did had someone to beat up on in practice.  My role, even though it was small, gave me a real part of the victory when it came. That is why I am so grateful for the small role that God gives us in his kingdom.  God gives us the victory through the work of Jesus on the cross but he also allows us to participate in that victory.  He gives us gifts and ministries so that we can play a role in his kingdom.  He not only gives us the victory but he allows us to participate in the victory.

Each game I ever participated in I never knew the outcome until the game was over (I must admit that in little league I had a pretty good guess as to what was going to happen – but even then I always had the hope that our center fielder would stand the whole game).  With Jesus I know that I am victorious.  I know that I am more than a conqueror.  It certainly changes the way you battle.  With the outcome secure you can persevere knowing that you cannot lose.  If you are a great shooter in basketball and you are having an off night the coach will tell you to keep shooting because eventually you will go in.  I can keep persevering because I know eventually the fruits of victory will come because they have already been won.  If there are days in which it looks as if I am being defeated, I remind myself that the day is not over yet.  The victory has been secured, so in the end we win.  What an amazing gift God gives us by allowing us to know that because of Jesus we stand victorious in the end.

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