“No, in all things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us” (Romans 8:37, NIV).
We live in a world that consistently feeds us “less than” messages: if you don’t vote this way you are “less than,” if you don’t wear these clothes or drive this car you are “less than,” and if you don’t go to this church you are “less than.” People that seek to make us feel “less than”—like we don’t measure up to their ideals of acceptability—are often either trying to sell us something or are trying to make themselves feel better.
We can take heart that, in a world so bent on making us feel “less than,” we have a Savior who seeks to make us “more than”: more than conquerors, more than what we could ever imagine!
Jesus changes the definitions of things like success, acceptability, and holiness. His measurements are not like the world’s measurements. His goals are not to shame us or belittle us; His goals are to (in Jesus’ own words) lead us into “life . . . more abundantly” (John 10:10, KJV).
Dark times will come, as will times of difficulty, loss, and grief. These are part of the human story. However, the difference we have is that we can bear witness to the ultimate faithfulness of the Living God who, through Christ, has spoken the last word: a word of redemption, hope, and life.
Today, may we find ways to remind ourselves and others that we are “more than conquerors through Him who loved us” (Romans 8:37, NIV). This may not always be evident in material gain or easy experiences, but it will come through the peace that passes all understanding that is the inheritance to all who are in Christ.
Prayer for the Week:
Look with pity, O heavenly Father, upon the people in this
land who live with injustice, terror, disease, and death as
their constant companions. Have mercy upon us. Help us to
eliminate our cruelty to these our neighbors. Strengthen those
who spend their lives establishing equal protection of the law
and equal opportunities for all. And grant that every one of
us may enjoy a fair portion of the riches of this land; through
Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (from The Book of Common Prayer)
Charles W. Christian is managing editor of Holiness Today.
Written for Coffee Break with Holiness Today.