I think it’s obvious we all love winners. If you ask someone who they thought a winner or champion was, the answers seem limitless: Alabama and Auburn, the New York Yankees, the 1980 US Olympic Hockey Team, the San Antonio Spurs, the Boston Celtics, the LA Lakers, the Dodgers, Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Muhammad Ali, Mike Tyson, the Pittsburgh Steelers, etc. It could go on and on with teams and individuals who have been champions in the past or present.
But the thing about all of them is, they are never champions forever. For that matter, not for a long period of time when you really think about it. Some are one time wonders, others are perennial winners but have periods of time where they aren’t on top. Some succumb to age or scandal, others just lose the desire or the competition gets better and younger.
As I have gotten older, it amazes me and, honestly, embarrasses me how much importance I put on teams or people like this. You can include politicians, entertainers and celebrities too. I have been guilty of idol worship in the past. It seemed that the sun rose and set on how successful “they” were. How sad.
“All who make idols are nothing, and the things they treasure are worthless. Those who would speak up for them are blind; they are ignorant, to their own shame.” Isaiah 44:9.
In Maximized Manhood, we learned that idolatry is a value system that we create, in which we esteem something to be more worthy of our devotion than devotion to God. But idolatry isn’t limited to sports and people. It can be power, money, religion, pornography, popularity and fame.
When I think about it, the thing that can make me the saddest is that long ago I had an opportunity to join a championship team. Out of selfishness, I turned down the offer. I thought I could do it my way and on my own. I had all of the answers, I had a plan that would succeed. I did not become a champion.
Thankfully, that opportunity was still available. This time I accepted it, not because of anything I had or could do but because God is exactly who He says He is. I know it may sound corny. You might think “Ha ha, join Gods winning team.” I will admit it sounds like a lot of other clichés we mindlessly say every day. But that is exactly what the world wants us to think. The world wants us to be embarrassed and shamed into hiding or even denying our faith. And if there is one thing we all hate, it’s being laughed at when we aren’t trying to be funny.
I am not ashamed of being on this championship team. Neither should you. As we close this study, we must take its words to heart. We must see ourselves as champions. Champions are made, not born. We have the Word of God to show us what real champions are, we have each other to encourage and pray for so that we all can be champions. It is a decision we must make and a sacrifice we must accept. May we all strive to be an “EL GIBBOR” (Powerful Champion).
The God we serve cannot be defeated, He has never lost, not even when He sent His Son to die for our sins. Jesus’ death and resurrection was the ultimate victory. We have victory over death. Our God will not grow weary, He will not grow too old, and He will not get too bored or complacent. He will never retire. He cannot be defeated by any “new” foe. He will not be surprised at any new attack. As Adrian Rogers said “Nothing occurs to God.” He will not be defeated even when His children are scandalous or sinful. He is, always has been and always will be “CHAMPION.”
“With God we will gain the victory, and he will trample down our enemies.” Psalm 60:12
I am proud to be on this championship team with Ananias of Damascus, Paul, Joshua, Daniel, David, Joseph and so many more. I am proud to be on this championship team with you.
May we always be running to the cross!