We can be such event minded people sometimes. We reach for these expected milestones in our lives. Everything these days seems to be so “culture stamped” that we act accordingly. It’s like we trick ourselves into believing we’ve won something awesome by graduating from learning institutions with stiff degrees in studies that’ve never touched out core. We win again as we celebrate that newly acquired job, or do we? What I know about that is a year or so in (if that long) the job is often despised and resented.
And what about the marriages we enter into knowing upfront it’s a compromise. That the circumstantial time clock got us and we did what we felt we had to do. I mean, marriage is a win, right? In an of itself it’s a milestone… Does it really matter all that much to whom? We tell ourselves nothing’s perfect. This is ok. Surely this is a win.
Even the born again experience has turned into something of a single act. A milestone we reach, dig our Believer’s flag into the ground so as to remember the date for the telling, and we walk miserably away. Even though I don’t believe in the ‘one time confession always saved concept’ I can see why so many do. It’s because we live in a society of the one time deal.
Whatever “it” is, do it at least once. Then we feel like we fit in. We can place our cookie cutter on the table with all the others; be an active part of the traditions of culture. Harp on our milestone experiences and finally belong to something. But what it that’s not really true? What if that’s what this void in our guts is all about? What if we’re not really participating at all? Only taking weak stabs in the air at the time line that rules our days.
I say no more! Believer’s, especially during this season, ought to cultivate an allergic reaction to this approach to life. Christianity isn’t an event. It doesn’t just exist in that one walk we take down to the alter to confess our faith in Christ as Lord. It’s our first recognizable hallelujah moment, don’t get me wrong, but it’s in that moment the true glory, the potential for the heaven on earth experience, has only just been born.
As His children, we have the opportunity to sit at our Father’s feet, grow in Him in otherwise impossible ways. We become joint-heirs with Him, suffering together, glorified together (Romans 8:17)…. Hallelujah!!!
We are not born again unto stagnation, unto a one time event; but unto life, progress, fruitfulness, dominion. We are promised in our born again experience that if we’ll commit to Him, we shall absolutely see the manifestation of our God made selves bearing witness to our heart’s desires.
When we commit to the lifelong process of being changed into the image of Christ by the grace of God, we abandon the winner’s circle for the circle of champions. And praise God because there’s a huge difference between a winner and a champion. We often win by default, by accident, by chance. But a champion… they come by their successes with great focus and commitment.
1) Winners are good. Champions are excellent.
2) Winners achieve intermittently. Champions achieve by habit.
3) Winners outdo others. Champions outdo themselves.
4) Winners take all. Champions give their witnesses something they can never fully describe nor ever forget.
5) Winning is about a moment in time. Championship is about the development of virtue over time.
6) Winners want credit. Champions give credit to the Source they know sustains them.
7) Winners take battles. Champions wars.
8) Winners are found throughout the world. Champions are Kingdom developed…
And God has been so giving to all of us. He’s invested so much that we really can make it just fine without ever calling on Him for help. People do it everyday. I think I’ve pointed out how some even win at what they do….
It’s the reason why many so-called Believers have missed, and will go right on missing the Kingdom. We’ve been made so awesomely, only the act of humility keeps us from overlooking the One Who made us.
But seeing that you really do Believe in God and in His Son Jesus…aren’t you ready for the supernatural? I know I am…
I’m ready for the surrender God’s been whispering in my ear about for so long and I shudder to think of all the times I’ve shushed Him. Told Him in abstract ways to leave me alone so I could focus on winning the same game He was trying to plainly show me how His enemy had rigged it.
…And now I see how if we can step away from our winner’s mentality for just a second, we’ll see something remarkable… We’ll see God and know that this is our champion season and it’s meant to last our lifetime!