“You play games that your kids make up at your own risk. You see, when they get to make up the rules, the rules are sometimes not in your favor. The same hand of cards that they used to win the last hand means that you lose. The same tackle that cost you the last wrestling match means that they gain an extra life. Well good for them. (But next time I’m making up the rules.) Good for them though for creating a situation where they cannot lose. And, as a Christian I feel like I’m in that situation too.”
There are certain many times where I may feel like I’ve lost. We all go through many trials in this life. “We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed” (2 Corinthians 4:8). I was playing chess the other day and I was reminded that in chess there comes a time when it’s wise just to forfeit. You know you’ve lost, there’s no way to win, just flip your king down and get it over with. But what if at any point in the game you had the option of flipping your opponent’s king down and making THEM forfeit? You win! Yay! It looked like you were losing but it doesn’t matter because you always have a way to win. That is what I think about being a Christian. Hard pressed? Doesn’t matter. Persecuted? It will be over soon. Struck down? Even better. I still win.
We have so many reasons to love Jesus. Not the least of these is the victory we have over all things – even death. Paul says “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain” (Philippians 1:21). If that is true then how can he lose? He can’t. And if you’re a Christian neither can you. If you belong to Christ God has guaranteed victory no matter what. That’s why godly people in the Bible could smile in the face of defeat. Prophets surrounded by enemy armies showed no fear. Apostles thrown into prison sang praises. Why? Because they knew that if you’re on God’s side you cannot lose. We should know that to. “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:7).