[et_pb_section admin_label="section"][et_pb_row admin_label="row"][et_pb_column type="4_4"][et_pb_text admin_label="Text" background_layout="light" text_orientation="left" use_border_color="off" border_color="#ffffff" border_style="solid"] These past few weeks, we have looked at different characteristics of victorious believers: what they smell like, look like, and sound like.
When we think of a victorious Christian, does anyone come to mind? If we look at the Bible, I think we can all agree that the Apostle Paul fit that bill. Once a religious fanatic and murderer of Christians, God met him and stopped him in his tracks. Once Paul encountered the risen Christ, he was never the same. He lived and died for the Lord, no holds barred. He wrote most of the New Testament, led many to salvation, established churches and was well-known throughout the world at that time for being a man on a mission, with his eyes firmly fixed on Heaven, sharing Jesus with all who would listen. This man of great education and learning, who traveled far and wide proclaiming Christ, who lived it in public and behind the scenes- did not talk about how great he was. He did not stand on high pulpits expecting fancy chairs and stipends. He did not drive a Cadillac or own a jet.
“Paul, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated to the gospel of God” Romans 1:1
When Paul introduces himself in Romans 1, he calls himself a bondservant of Christ. Not a super apostle of Christ, not the great one with the special anointing, but the bondservant. The original Greek term is “Duolos”. It is used to describe a slave who has no rights, but all authority over his life belongs to his master. It was not a position that anyone would want; and yet, Paul proudly calls himself a slave of his Lord. He relinquished all of his rights. His life was no longer his own.
What is the most apparent mark of a victorious Christian? It is a willing surrender of their life to the Lord, to use for His purposes and to do as He wishes. The truly victorious Christian is a willing slave who has relinquished their rights to pursue something greater, SOMEONE greater.
“For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.” Matthew 16:25
The greatest paradox of life is that when we selfishly seek our own, put ourselves first, exalt ourselves- we will find ourselves empty and unsatisfied in the end, defeated believers who make no impact upon this world for Christ and who will have nothing to show for our lives when we stand before God.
When we give up our rights, when we put the Lord and others before ourselves, when we humble ourselves- then we will find ourselves full to overflowing, joyful, victorious believers who impact this world profoundly for Christ wherever He has us.
May we be known as Duolos, willing slaves to our Lord, people who are not living for the temporal things of this world but living for that which can never be lost.
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