Everybody loves winners but few remember who finishes in second place. I’m sure the efforts are appreciated but in the end only one receives the prize. As I’m writing this the Winter Olympics are taking place and of course the winners get the gold medals. Philippians 3:12-14, it’s not that I have already reached the goal or have already completed the course. But I run to win that which Jesus Christ has already won for me. This is what I do: I don’t look back, I lengthen my stride, and I run straight toward the goal to win the prize that God’s heavenly call offers in Jesus Christ. It’s very interesting to note that the last three professional sports championships have been won by the Eagles, the Warriors, and my favorite the Astros. Isaiah 40:31 says, but those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. they will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint. Eagles don’t always have a soft and easy life, nor will we. But just as eagles illustrate, God is calling us to wait on Him and an learn to soar higher above the cares, trials, and trivial pursuits of life. Do some research on the characteristics of Eagles and you will see the similarities.
As warriors we all should be familiar with II Corinthians 10:3-6, for though we walk in the flesh we do not war according to the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ and we are ready to punish all disobedience, whenever your obedience is complete. We know that the battle is in our mind as the enemy attempts to get us to compromise our core beliefs. There isn’t any room for speculation in the Kingdom. I am who He says I am period. I’m not a warmed over monument to yesterday’s move, but a living, active, passionate, fiery, excited duplicate of Jesus Christ. As a peaceful warrior that operates from that perspective the enemy remains defeated. To highlight that point. Jeremiah 20:11 says, but the Lord is with me like a mighty warrior; so my persecutors will stumble and not prevail. They will fail and be thoroughly disgraced; their dishonor will never be forgotten. Anybody been persecuted lately for your beliefs? Probably not in America anyway but in our thought life where the battle really rages don’t we experience persecution regularly? Else why did the scripture strongly encourage us to destroy speculations? NT peaceful warriors are not afraid, don’t live in the past, fight one battle at a time, are always in engaged, find purpose in everything, and have an unmatched zeal/love for life!
The Houston Astros won the World Series last year and this my favorite prophetic declaration that illustrates today’s radical on fire, engaged, intentional believer. How in the world can an Astro be an example of a Christian you might ask? Astros defined; pertaining to stars and celestial bodies, or to activate as space flight, taking place outside the earth’s atmosphere. See any similarities at all in that definition? This is not astrology or a new age concept but simply accepting that my life in Christ takes place outside this earth’s atmosphere and gravitational pull. You all know this already but doesn’t Ephesians 2:6 say; He also raised us up with Him and seated us with Him in the heavens in Christ Jesus? Well then, you are an Astro by definition aren’t you? I am on a mission to connect the two realms that we hear so much about, which are heaven and earth. I am seated in the heavens and bringing heaven to earth.
In closing, I Corinthians 10:11, these things happened to them as examples and they were written for our instruction, upon whom the ends of the ages have come. As we are the bridge connecting this tired old age with a new heaven and earth let’s be like eagles and soar to new heights, let’s be the peaceful warriors and end all speculation concerning our identity, and let’s be true Astros and desire those things above!