“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.” I Corinthians 8:37
Becoming a man who lives his life defeated auctions the birthright of ownership for himself over being owned. It’s the difference between allowing the perspective I have of my life to determine my direction and living, not in defeat, but victory. Those things look so different. The trouble is while walking the streets of life we often follow the most attractive down the alleys of destruction only there to find ourselves sulking under the trash of our past. Is that really what it’s all about?
Mohammad Ali took a few hits for his time. Agreed? Unfortunately, we can witness the ill effects of the battles he fought only to face his greatest yet in life. No doubt there were moments when he got knocked so hard that many, himself included, thought he may be down for the count. Getting up from defeat takes strength and humility beyond measure. Either in a boxing ring or the ring of life it is still the same. The famous and memorable character Adrian, in the Rocky movies, was famous for his no compromise attitude as Rocky lay on the mat bloodied and bruised. Adrian yells over and over, “Get up! Get up! Get up!”
I know I have felt slapped to the mat, defeated, bruised and bloodied and I have waited for someone to come, clean my wounds, help me up and tell me it’s all going to be just fine. And while there’s definitely a need for this kind of love for one another (Love your neighbor as yourself . . . Romans 13:9), it is temporal and unpredictable. This kind of dependence on man reminds us how lonesome the ring can be at times. There’s no one yelling, “Get up!”
This is defeat at it’s finest. And the Savior I serve ate defeat for breakfast – lunch – and dinner! Last I checked, I serve a RISEN Savior who conquered death and the grave! And when life slaps me to the mat bruised and bloodied, hopeless and helpless, my Savior is there and He says, “Get up! Get up! Get up! Since I live in you — you ARE victorious! Get up!” We are never down for the count!
Thank you Lord for the victory we have in You! We are more than conquerors and can get back up when we get knocked down because You already won!
“But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ! Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” I Corinthians 15:57-58