FOREVER TRIUMPHANT, Day 25—Lenten Devotional
42 And Jesus called them to him and said to them, “You know that those who are supposed to rule over the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great men exercise authority over them. 43 But it shall not be so among you; but whoever would be great among you must be your servant, 44 and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. 45 For the Son of man also came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Mark 10:42-45 (RSV)
What are the key elements of a victorious life that are available to us in Jesus Christ? Here are the ones we have seen so far.
- In Jesus we are given a new relationship with God, one in which we can share all that we are and all that we experience with the Heavenly Father
- The Holy Spirit draws us into a life that is completely free from condemnation—either from anyone or to anyone.
- God offers us the opportunity, not to be free from adversity (which would spoil us), but to find ways to rejoice in adversity and because of it.
- In prayer, we have the opportunity to invite God into every situation and person that touches our life
5. Jesus offers us find our greatest satisfaction in seeking to promote the victories of others.
In one sense, Jesus did not come to triumph over sin, death, the world, or the devil. From his position in heaven next to the Father from all eternity, he was not subject to being affected by any evil or agent of evil. Seen from this angle, what Jesus came to do was to give US the victory over sin, death, the world, and the devil. It is a victory that WE needed, not Jesus. This Father that Jesus opens the door to, wants us to do well, wants us to be free, wants us to be successful and victorious in all the ways that will bring us closer to Him and to each other.
And one important way that we will become successful and victorious is when we enjoy the success and victories of others more than our own. Parents can sometimes feel this because if their children succeed beyond them, then it reflects well on the parents. But in Jesus, we can humbly enjoy the success of another, even if it does not reflect on us at all. We are happy if it reflects on Jesus.
It turns out that the victory of freedom from condemnation entails a victory of freedom from envy, as well as a victory over “having to win at all costs.” This is no small victory, because the kind of person that can truly and enthusiastically celebrate the victories of others is the kind of person that will inspire and motivate all to do their best. Like Jesus.
PRAYER: Dear God,
Thank you for Jesus who came to give me victory over death, sin, and evil. Grant that I may experience the victory of setting others up for victory and success, as well. I pray this in His name. Amen.