What is Christian versus secular victory
3 For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome. 4 For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—[a]our faith. 5 Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God? 1 John 5: 3-5
Victory (definition in Merriam Webster dictionary)
1: the overcoming of an enemy or antagonist
2: achievement of mastery or success in a struggle or endeavor against odds or difficulties
“It’s not whether you win or lose, it’s how you play the game.”
― Grantland Rice
My son started playing soccer when he was about 5 years old and my daughter who was 5 years younger started about the same age and today, as an adult still plays adult league soccer. I had coached both of my children’s teams at one time or another and I remember myself and the other parents telling our aspiring athletes after they lost a game “it’s not whether you lose , but how you play the game.”
It’s a noble phrase however, it does not develop and instill a confidence to win. That confidence or lack thereof can follow you throughout your life.
I’ve thought about that phrase from time to time and wondered how comforting it would be to walk into the locker room of the team who lost the Super Bowl and tell that to them. It probably would not go over too well for two reasons; the first being they are conditioned to have a winning attitude, and the second, the money and prestige associated with winning.
I don’t think that phrase would have gone over too well with David and his Mighty men either.
What does victory look like for a Believer? Sometimes it is the same as the secular world. Here is what victory looks like when God is leading you.
With David and his Mighty men, “He arose and attacked the Philistines until his hand was weary, and his hand stuck to the sword. The Lord brought about a great victory that day; and the people returned after him only to plunder. 2 Samuel 23:10. David’s hand stuck to the sword?
How about in 1 Chronicles 11:14 But they stationed themselves in the middle of that field, defended it, and killed the Philistines. So the Lord brought about a great victory.
Who gets the credit?! “But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Corinthians 15:57.
Today’s Battle Order: There is no second place with God. He wins decisively! He provides a great victory! As for me I’m going into training to become conditioned to win through obedience to Christ!
I will run the race to get the prize and I’m not stopping until I get it!
How about you Kingdom Man?