Tom Landry once observed concerning football, “Super Bowl’s never stay won.” Every year when Super Bowl Sunday comes to an end and the champions receive their Super Bowl ring it all starts over for next year. Last year’s victory does not assure this year’s victory. Each year the process starts over again, through work, sweat, and tears. Built into the football championship victory is the struggle to win again.
Christians are promised victory year after year. Those who follow Christ are winners and are assured their heavenly prize because of Jesus’ sacrifice. While we are winners in Christ, we still have to face struggles. Your Christian victories of yesterday are past tense. Every day we get up to face a new day and a new challenge as we press on in our journey with Christ Jesus. May you realize that Christianity is not simply a state, it is a process. Jesus said, “In this world you will have trouble, but take heart I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). Only in the fairy book tales is life smooth sailing. Yet, “in Christ” we are promised we can overcome through the blood of the Lamb (see Revelation 12:11).