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The Good Guys Always Win?

Weekly Devotionals

The Good Guys Always Win?

35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As it is written:

“For your sake we face death all day long;
    we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”

37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

This month at Wednesday Night Service, we have been examining “Hollywood Lies”, and how the ideas that are portrayed in media subtly influence our lives. This got me thinking about one idea that I’ve seen in just about every movie, video game and TV show – the idea that the good guy always wins.

On the surface, it seems like this is in line with our faith. In Christ, surely we do have victory. And yet, there is a subversion that comes very quietly with this idea – that in this life on earth, we will have victory. Specifically speaking, this idea convinces us that we will have victory the way that Hollywood defines it – a peaceful life, family all around us, a nice house and a good job.

Things always seem to work out for the protagonists in Hollywood, but is this really true for us as Christians? In Romans 8, Paul lists many things that cannot separate us from the love of Christ, and yet the underlying truth is this: the apostle Paul experienced all of these things in his lifetime. There is nothing that suggests we won’t face trouble or hardship or persecution in this life as Christians. The enemy hates that we walk by faith, and will do anything it can to derail us. This is part of the unseen spiritual reality that Pastor David preached about in yesterday’s sermon.

Jesus Himself states in John 16:33 that in this life, we will have trouble. This much is guaranteed. But this is not all that is said by our Lord – He tells us to take heart! For the truth is, He has overcome the world.

In our passage in Romans, Paul’s main point isn’t the fact that we face tribulations in this life. It’s the fact that even these tribulations, which include poverty, persecution and even death, cannot separate us from the love of Christ.

This does not necessarily mean that we will live happily ever after, or that we as “good guys” will always win in this lifetime. But it does mean that we have sweet victory at the end of it all, as we are more than conquerors through Jesus Christ, who loves us. The victory is His, and we are able to partake in this victory because of His mercy and grace. We have treasures in heaven that do not fade away, unlike the treasures on earth (Matthew 6:19-24).

The truth is, this Hollywood lie makes us believe we don’t have the victory when we really do, or it makes us feel as though victory must look the way it’s defined by the media. Often these things are passing away though, and our true victory in the Lord looks like loss to the world. The crown that we claim in Christ is simply a cross to the world, who sees not a symbol of victory over sin, but an implement of torture and death.

Take heart, Christian! The world cannot possibly begin to understand the truth of the victory you have in Christ. Take heart, my brother, my sister – Jesus Christ has overcome the world, and has invited you into this relationship with Him, so that you may be a co-heir with Him.

To close this devotional, here is a song that has been encouraging me lately, reminding me of the truth of Christ’s victory. May it bless you all the more as you listen:

I pray that you may taste this sweet victory in Jesus.