Have you ever celebrated a victory or seen a team celebrate a big victory?
In the book of Romans, the Apostle Paul continues to show us exactly who were are with Jesus and all the promises God has made to us because of him. Here in Romans 8: 36-37 is another great promise that is ours because of Jesus. See if you can hear it in these verses:
Romans 8:36-37. 36 As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.” 37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.
We are “more than conquerors.” Do you know what a conqueror is? A conqueror is someone who wins a battle and defeats an enemy, the victor, the winner. And Paul says that we are super conquerors. We are ultra-conquerors. And we ARE conquerors. Right now. Today. Not because we have won any kind of victory over our sins and our sadness. But because Jesus has won our victory for us – “through him who loved us” Paul says.
What this means is that you can mess up today, you can do everything wrong, or you can be in the middle of something really, really hard and you ARE still a super conqueror with Jesus.
Think about Jesus on the cross for a minute. The cross was Jesus’ worst day. His hardest moment. He was covered in sins and sadness. But in that same exact moment he was conquering all sin and all sadness for us. And when we go through sin and sadness Jesus is always using it to conquer the worst parts of us and replace them with trust and with love. This is what makes us conquerors in Jesus. Not that we never fail, but that we fail and it still becomes something great by the grace of God.
So today let’s live like we are winners with Jesus. Let’s live in faith, believing that Jesus uses everything, even our mistakes and failures to make us more like himself. Let’s live free from fear and trust God instead. Let’s live like we’re loved by God and go love someone else – maybe someone that no one else is nice to. Let’s live like we’re going to Heaven one day. Like we have nothing to lose, because we can never lose the love of God. We can never lose Jesus.
Because of Jesus we ARE conquerors over sin and sadness.
With Jesus we can live like we have nothing to lose because we can’t lose God’s love.
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Watch this video of Olympic celebrations together (it’s fun). Talk about how this is how we will feel in Heaven when our victory is final. But we can also feel this way right NOW. We ARE conquerors with Jesus. So celebrate. How will you celebrate with Jesus?
You conquered sin and death for me. Help me to live like a conqueror today, even when I mess up, knowing that you turn everything into a victory.
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