How often do we, as Christians, truly live as if we are victorious? Or do we too often still live in defeat? As though our decision to follow Christ were merely an event experienced along the way, something of little consequence, rather than a fundamental alternation of the very fabric of who and what we are? To the point that it even alters the way we interact with universe itself?
We. Are. Changed. But do we live as ones who have been been changed, and are being changed?
Do we live as though we share in the victory of Christ over sin and death? As though we are an intimate part of that victory? Are we dancing and singing and clanging our symbols as we follow along behind our Victorious One? Or do we live more as mere observers, those who witnessed the action and cheered, but now see ourselves as separate, standing quietly off to the side as they march by? Maybe as not worthy? Maybe not like those “real” Christians over there?
Are we part of a triumphal procession…or are we content to watch and cheer from the sidelines? Are we truly transformed…or merely affected?
“But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.” (2 Cor. 3:18)
For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God? (1 John 5:4-5)
When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written:
“Death is swallowed up in victory.” (1 Cor. 15:54)
Challenge: Am I daily living in the victory secured for me by Christ, and is it daily transforming my life?