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Your Life is No Longer All About Winning

John 19:28-30 Later, Jesus knew that everything had been done. To make the Scriptures come true he said, “I am thirsty.” There was a jar full of sour wine there, so the soldiers soaked a sponge in it. They put the sponge on a branch of a hyssop plant and lifted it to Jesus’ mouth. When he tasted the wine, he said, “It is finished.” Then he bowed his head and died.

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Have you ever set your heart on winning a prize? Be it in sport, or in your career, or perhaps just in how other people see you. And then, when you don’t quite get there, there’s this sense of failure and disappointment in yourself.

Right from when we’re little, we’re taught that the aim of the game is to succeed. It doesn’t matter what game you’re playing, the aim – the only acceptable outcome – is to win.

Well, winning is all well and good. It’s great to be successful. And yet, so many Christians think that success is the name of the game that they’ve lost sight of Jesus.

I had one “Christian” tell me once that his aim was to have the latest BMW SUV sitting in his driveway! Really??!! Is that really what’s going to make you happy? Is that really what God wants for your life?

John 19:28-30 Later, Jesus knew that everything had been done. To make the Scriptures come true he said, “I am thirsty.” There was a jar full of sour wine there, so the soldiers soaked a sponge in it. They put the sponge on a branch of a hyssop plant and lifted it to Jesus’ mouth. When he tasted the wine, he said, “It is finished.” Then he bowed his head and died.

When Jesus died on that Cross, He didn’t even have the clothes on His back. He was beaten, crucified … this miracle–working Jesus who had promised so much, looked like the biggest loser of all time! They scoffed at Him. They spat on Him. They mocked Him – Save yourself! they shouted.

And yet through His suffering, He purchased eternal life for you and me. Through His loss, He won the greatest victory of all time. It’s fine to succeed, but that’s not the aim of the game.

That’s God’s Word. Fresh … for you … today.


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