By Moody Adams Masses are going down to a grave personal defeat while celebrating victories in the sports and political arenas. A few moments spent enjoying the victory of others is a short relief from a losing life. What good is it if your team or candidate wins while your family is falling apart, your life is in miserable shambles, and you are staring at a hopeless grave?
John Wooden, of UCLA basketball fame, kept an aluminum cross in his pocket at all times. Basketball's "winningest coach said, "it reminds me that basketball is not the most important thing... the life that wins the real victory is the one which places itself totally in the hands of the Lord, Jesus Christ!"
Every man may have this victory. Every man may live a winning life, "For whatsoever is born of God over-cometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith" (I John 5:4). Victory is a Christianís birthright! The God who created the universe did not put you here to lose, but to win.
The greatest moment in a Christianís life comes when he discovers that Jesus Christ did not come just to give us an eternal life in heaven, but a winning life right here on earth. You don't have to die to win." You were created to conquer here and now. "This is the victory that overcomes the world. I John 5:5 says, "Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?"
We were born to win over the world, with all its trials and temptations. Jesus said, "These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world" (John 16:33). Cheer up. Our prospects are as bright as this promise of God.
Scripture promises the ultimate victory over death and the grave: "Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin... thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ" (I Corinthians 15:54, 57).