What does it take to be a winner for Christ? We all wish to be winners and in our society today we all have the view of there being only one winner. Football, soccer, baseball, and many more suggest that there is only one true winner, which in part is true, but not the whole true. Jesus is the true winner, but He has imparted His winning abilities to all Christians. Let’s take a look at what the Bible says about being a winner in God’s eyes.
“Just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.” (Ephesians 1:4-6). Here Paul states that all believers are predestined before the foundation of the world in which God knew you and accepted you as His own before creation ever even began. All believers were chosen from the beginning and the thought that we chose Him is incorrect. We are the chosen and being the chosen automatically makes us all winners especially in God’s eyes. This also means we are all given the winning ability that Jesus had and He has now bestowed upon us. What should believers do with this winning ability?
“You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.” (John 15:16). Here Jesus is telling all believers to go and bear fruit with our winning abilities He has given us. Bearing fruit can be as simple as touching someone’s life through social media by posting a verse or a big as leading a congregation. Bearing fruit comes in all sizes and is all done by whatever God has called you to do and wherever He calls you to go. Simple words such as God bless sometimes brings about an enormous impact, so therefore we should always keep in mind that even the littlest seeds can grow into big trees that produce fruit themselves also. Whatever God calls you to do; do it with your whole heart to glorify and please Him above all else while planting seeds for Him to grow. We cannot control whether an individual will accept Jesus or not as that is God’s area of control and should be left to Him only. Do not push people to believe, but rather just plant seeds here and there and pray for them that the seed grows into a mighty tree of God. How do believers keep winning for Christ?
“Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.” (James 4:17). Continue to do well and keep yourself unspotted from the world. Be an example to other believers, so when they see you and the joy of God that dwells within you they will become eager to obtain the same thing. When we continue to please and glorify God in the way we live we are then allowing the winning abilities of Christ shine through to others. We must continue in perseverance always pushing forward in righteousness while resisting the devil and the temptations that come our way on a daily basis. Just like an athlete that has to keep themselves in shape in order to do well in competition, so is how us Christians should live while doing the will of God keeping ourselves in godly shape.
We are all winners in Christ as He chose us from the beginning and has now called all of us to use His winning abilities to glorify and please Him above all else. You have the winning ability within you and all you need to do is ask God how He wants you to use this ability. Remember to continue in living a life that is pleasing to the Lord and to be an example to other believers and non-believers alike. Go
forth ready to win souls for the Lord just like the winner He has called you to be and the winner you already are. “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen. (Matthew 28:19,20).