Is the thrill to win even right? Is it just an ego driven attitude or a selfish ambition thing? If you want to win, then maybe you are selfish? Wrong. Is winning really a God thing? Should you really want to succeed and do well? Yes!
In 1995 I was privileged to help start the first Bible school in Serbia. It was post-Cold War with the Soviets. I saw the results of the horrible atrocities that went on during those years. And there I met missionary woman from France. Her husband and she had moved to the region many years before to share Jesus Christ and serve the people. The Soviets had arrested her husband and imprisoned him for preaching the Word of God. They had taken her children from her because she was teaching her children the gospel. Yet she stayed on in the country. Faithful to their calling, doing the Lord’s work. Her demeanor was genuinely joyful. I stood humbled in her presence. This woman was a winner. Her husband was finally released from prison and her children returned.
1 Cor. 9:24 (NASB)
Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win.
It cannot be clearer than that. God expects us to run (live our lives) in such a way that we may WIN. The apostle Paul spent much of his life in prison for preaching the gospel of Christ. Yet while in prison, he writes letters to churches that become the New Testament word of God. They will be read by billions of people. He ran to win and he won.
We can choose to believe, like Paul, that God can take even seeming failures and turn them into wins. Believe, like Paul, God causes us to win even in the worst situations.
Romans 8:37 (NKJV) Yet in all these things [Roman imprisonment was preceded by being stripped naked and then flogged!] we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.
And when we honor God with the faith that trusts Him like that, He turns us into winners.
God’s grace is here to change our thinking. Our lives can and should be marked with winning.
What would have to change for you to know God wants you to “win”?