- Every personal addiction problem.
- Every strained relationship.
- Every troubling business situation.
- Every financial security concern.
- Every fight to please the people around us.
We spend most of our days fighting to ‘solve’ these ‘problems.’ We’re always sprinting towards the next solution. We strive for a state of peace. How would our lives look different if, instead of racing to the finish line, we graciously walked towards the winner’s circle?
We Would be Strong
We would walk boldly, knowing that our battles were already won. We could set aside the feelings of insignificance and weakness that accompany defeat. We could man (or woman) up to life’s difficult situations and face them with strength.
“God is my strong fortress, and he makes my way perfect.” 2 Samuel 22:33 NLT
We Wouldn’t Worry
If our temporary struggles had been overcome once and for all, then we wouldn’t have to worry. We wouldn’t fret over how this week would shake out. We wouldn’t obsess over yesterday’s decisions. We wouldn’t doubt our ability to make it through another day.
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 NIV
We Would be Confident
Confident in our decisions. Confident in our passions. Confident in our calling and our ability to see it through. We would be secure in our understanding that any setback is merely temporary. A knock down does not equal a knock out.
“Do not be afraid of sudden terror or of the ruin of the wicked, when it comes, for the LORD will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being caught.” Proverbs 3:25,26 ESV
We Wouldn’t Compromise
When we race to make so much of ourselves, we run towards a shadow. Sometimes we sacrifice ourselves and compromise our values in order to catch that false hope. If we had already won and tasted the real prize, there would be no need to chase false idol.
“For we are taking pains to do what is right, not only in the eyes of the Lord but also in the eyes of men.” 2 Corinthians 8:21 NIV
We Would Seek
We would seek knowledge and wisdom. We would move forward in pursuit of imperishable truth instead of temporary conjecture. We would seek the guidance to make decisions that truly matter instead of decisions that simply get the job done or the bills paid.
“But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere.” James 3:17 ESV
We Wouldn’t Strive
Our struggles are very real and we do suffer through them. The difference is in the pursuit. When we strive, we pursue permanent fulfillment in temporary areas. We never find that fulfillment, yet continue to strive for it. I did this for the first 25 years of my life.
“He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” Revelation 21:4 ESV
We Would be Humble
We are humbled when we realize that we never had the power to win those battles on our own. We are brought to humility when we surrender to the fact that they had to be won for us. There is no room for pride when we realize that our victory is a gift, not a result.
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.” Ephesians 2:8,9 NIV
Here’s the beautiful thing. This hasn’t really been an exercise in ‘What If?’ at all. We have already won. Victory came in the person of Jesus Christ and His work on the cross. Not because we deserved it, but because God is just that good.
As you live your life, run your business, or lead your ministry, be strong in not only what you’re fighting for but where you’re fighting from.
We don’t fight for victory. We fight from victory.
“But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Cor 15:57 NIV