God's Blessings on Trusting Children
“For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world, our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?” (1 John 5:4-5).
God’s victory for the believer is so sure that He calls them “overcomers.” These verses identify who overcomes the world: those who believe that Jesus is the Son of God. When we come to Christ, God does not just give us things, He also takes things away. In place of emptiness, He brings fulfillment. Indeed, in His presence we find fullness of joy (Psalm 16:11). He gives purpose to meaningless lives. He instills hope instead of despair.
Perhaps this season finds you struggling with mounting cares and worries about the future. Maybe you don’t know what to do or can’t find a way out. Take a step back and consider what you do have. You have a purpose for living, and a reason for rejoicing. Whereas your life before brought little happiness, your life with God brings peace that flows like a river. Turn those cares over to the One who cares for you (1 Peter 5:7).
Some struggle with boredom and “sameness” in their life. They drive off to the same old job and back to the same old home. Some unwisely look for fun in unhealthy relationships or radical life changes. But Christ will bring new meaning to our present life. Things that used to bring fatigue and burnout can now bring meaning if we view them through God’s eyes. God can turn family problems into opportunities of faith. He can transform work environments from cynical places to purposeful activity. But remember, God does not ordinarily change the environment, at least not directly. He changes us. When we approach matters through His eyes, we look at things much differently. The change takes place in us. Then we go back to our life with renewed hearts, ready to serve God in any capacity He calls us to.
In Christ we have overcome the world. He accomplished salvation for us by His perfect life and death and resurrection. Now we need to praise Him for these, and other blessings. We need to go back to the life we knew with new eyes and a new role. What is that role? Servants of Christ:
“This is how one should regard us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God” (1 Corinthians 4:1).
Armed with a new identity, let’s go forth spreading joy and peace to a world weary from a listless existence. This is the least we can do for the One who won the victory.
Posted on Wed, December 28, 2016
by Sam Petitfils