The winning Team (I)
Bible Nugget 0505 [1 Corinthians 15:58]
1 Corinthians 15: 58
“Thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.”
Team sport is very interesting. A team sport requires every member of the team to contribute their quota for the team to perform. If any member is not giving his best on the field, the team’s performance goes down and the team may even lose the match. Sometimes, the team members may be excellent players, but the coach is very lousy. That team is likely to lose as many matches in a row as there are team members because the coach will give conflicting instructions to the team members before the big games. However, a very good coach will see and exploit the talent of each member of the team for successes. He changes one tactic (by tapping on the talent of a team member) and puts the opponent team in disarray. That one tactical change may make all the difference. This is common in soccer where the goal margin at the end of a game is 1-0. The match could have been so close that if you stopped watching as a neutral spectator at the 89th minute and left the stadium or went to bed thinking the match was over you would wish you saw the deciding goal live.
The coach of a Christian is Christ. He is not just any type of coach. He is a perfect coach. He coaches you to success and victory only. No losing game when Christ is your coach. He knows the tactics of the opposing team – the enemy (that is, the devil and his works). He has a clear plan against the other opponent coach, Satan. John 10:10 reads:
10The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
Because Jesus is the best of coaches, victory is guaranteed. However, you and I have a part to play our parts to continue as winners to the end. The scripture says …. be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work [1 Corinthians 15:58]. The problem is not with the coach because Coach Jesus is perfect. The problem is with you and me. How much effort (or labour as v 58 says) do you put into the kingdom to see the kingdom of God grow. Be a tireless worker for the kingdom.
3And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.
30The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.
Be a soul winner. Be wise.
Prayer Points 0505
- I receive the spirit of an over comer in the mighty name of Jesus Name.
- I am a victor. I refuse to be vanquished. I enforce my victory in Christ over all the works of the enemy in Jesus Name.
- Oh Lord, grant me your divine wisdom. Help me to be a soul winner. Grant me the grace to work tireless in your vineyard in Jesus Name.