I hate sports. For all those out there who just gasped, my family included, I apologize. But I just have to say, I really hate sports. And competitions of all sorts. The idea of only one winner and everyone else the loser. I know. They say it’s good for you to learn to lose and lose well. It builds character and all that. Yada, yada, yada….
Okay, obviously I’m being “just a bit” tongue in cheek. I’m very excited to recognize someone’s accomplishments, and I’ve run creative arts competitions for years with levels of prizes, making sure I credit something unique and special about each entered work. I appreciate the goofiness of giving EVERYONE a trophy; if you haven’t read Kurt Vonnegut’s short story, Harrison Bergeron, it’s a fascinating read. On the contrary, I love appreciating the gifts and talents that each child is given and coaching those to success.
But seriously, I’m SO GLAD we don’t have some competition to get into heaven. Some “he who performs the most good wins.” I’m so thankful that the competition was already held and won: Good vs Evil. Life vs death. Aslan vs the White Witch. God vs Satan.
In other words, The Cross.
Christ’s triumphing over the devil because we weren’t able to. Soundly trouncing His opponent in the greatest competition ever—the battle for our souls. Allowing us to join His team. Outfitting us in His jersey, a white robe of His Righteousness. A robe that, on our own, we could never earn. A battle that, on our own, we could never win. A finish line that, on our own, we could never reach.
But He promises if we trust in Him and His strength—His success, His victory—He’ll carry us across every inch of the race and across that line—to a glorious celebration of His glory.
All that said, I guess there IS a #1 winner. It’s Christ. Thankfully, He is willing to take us into the winner’s circle with Him, hand us His victor’s crown, let us drink from His winner’s cup…and gain the ultimate prize—Life itself.
No matter what I win or lose here on earth, I’m thankful to wear His nameplate on my back.
To Him be the glory!
1 Cor. 15:57:
But thanks be to God,
Who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.