Lose to Win
The Christian life is really a series of victories. We win at what we would have never won before. We succeed in things we never succeeded in and we thrive in areas we never thrived in before. It’s an awesome thing to be saved. But what isn’t so awesome, and what we often don’t like talking about nor factoring in is the ‘how’. How do we go from glory to glory, or victory to victory? How does a Christian succeed and thrive?
We all love those mountain-top experiences, but the truth is that victory starts in the valley, at the foot of the mountain. Victory begins in a valley surrounded by mountains, where every mountain is too tall and where every thought says quit. Regardless of your inabilities to climb, lack of equipment, and opposing voices telling you to stay in your valley, you eventually decide to take the first step…and then another. Soon you start making headway. You reach several crevices but someone seems to arrive just in time to help you, and together you ascend to the next plateau. Step by step, inch by inch. Some days you make great progress, other days you fall a few hundred feet, having to readjust your strategy. Then comes that day you reach the top of the mountain and it’s glorious!
So many things could be said as to how we got you to the top of that mountain – but deep down the answer is the same for all of us. We simply had to lose to win. We aren’t professionals, we just took the first step and then another. We were weak, afraid and even endured panic attacks…the kind of people you actually should pattern your life after. That may be tough to swallow, but that’s how we win. Our victories are not in our great ability to produce, but found in our great inabilities. It starts with knowing nothing but Someone, who like us, lost it all to be given everything. Success for us is no longer found in us, but rather the power of God in us. That’s why we all have to take that first step…and then another.
1 Corinthians 2:1-5
AS FOR myself, brethren, when I came to you, I did not come proclaiming to you the testimony and evidence or mystery and secret of God [concerning what He has done through Christ for the salvation of men] in lofty words of eloquence or human philosophy and wisdom; 2 For I resolved to know nothing (to be acquainted with nothing, to make a display of the knowledge of nothing, and to be conscious of nothing) among you except Jesus Christ (the Messiah) and Him crucified. 3 And I was in (passed into a state of) weakness and fear (dread) and great trembling [after I had come] among you. 4 And my language and my message were not set forth in persuasive (enticing and plausible) words of wisdom, but they were in demonstration of the [Holy] Spirit and power [a proof by the Spirit and power of God, operating on me and stirring in the minds of my hearers the most holy emotions and thus persuading them], 5 So that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men (human philosophy), but in the power of God. (Amplified translation)