People everywhere strive for victory in many different forms. Victory in war, in sporting events, in business, in arguments, and the list goes on and on. Countless hours are spent in preparation and training for the purpose of achieving such victory. In many instances, the outcome is determined by the smallest of factors. Bill Russell, who won eleven NBA championships in thirteen seasons, once said, “Concentration and mental toughness are the margins of victory.” Being mentally tough and spending the necessary time it takes to ensure success are vital if one hopes to come out on the winning side.
While most work to bring about victory, there is an instance where work is to be done because of victory. Without a doubt, the greatest battle ever fought and won was the victory Christ achieved over death (1 Corinthians 15:55-57). That victorious achievement which Christ accomplished by being crucified and resurrected is what gives us our hope and promise of overcoming death also. Thankfully for us, we don’t have to fight that battle for it has already been won. Our Lord won the fight for all people everywhere. He led the way and laid the foundation for us to share in that outcome. All we have to do is “concentrate” on the task at hand.
Even though we don’t have to labor and train in order to defeat death, Christ wants us to work and lead the way in service because death has already been defeated. Concluding his thoughts on Christ’s victory, the Apostle Paul said, “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain” (15:58). Since Christ already won the battle, we are to labor, serve and lead the way for others in His work – for His kingdom. As Christians, we are already on the winning team. Any effort we put forth will not be for a losing cause. So, the next time you are wondering why you should serve and be a leader, just remember that our Leader, Jesus Christ, wants all the members of His team to contribute.