Champions of Christ

Posted: October 6, 2016 in thought to ponder, TLCC
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(As shared in University of San Carlos – Main Campus, September 29,2016)

Champion. What is a champion?

A champion could be someone who defeated (or surpassed) all rivals in a competition. Another definition would be someone who fights for a cause in behalf of someone else. We all must be a champion of something. In the school logo, I found something interesting. There are word written below the image. See it for yourself.

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Did you see it?

It says “WITNESS TO THE WORLD”.

That is what we are supposed to be fighting for as students. The thing is, not a lot of us know what “the word” is. Do you know that “the word” is actually someone? We will get to a point of knowing that we are champions, and we have to know what we are fighting for. We will get to know who “the word” is, however, we have a problem. We can’t be a champion on our own because…

#1 Man is a sinner.

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For those who love movies, the hero is usually a flawed individual. He has a weakness. In the same way with everyone, we are all flawed beings. We are sinners. No one can claim that he or she is good. Our standard of goodness is comparing ourselves with one another, and not the standard of God. Saint Paul, one of the saints that the school admire, said…

For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. (Romans 7:18).

From birth, we are sinful beings. The psalmist wrote…

Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me. (Psalm 51:5)

And in another psalm, we see that the psalmist declared that no one is good.

there is none who does good, not even one. Psalm 14:3

We go back to St. Paul who said there is no one who did not commit sin (Romans 3:23). We can ask the question, “have you ever lied?” There is no one who could say he did not lie in his life. When you look at kids, you don’t have to teach them wrong, they would commit wrongdoings even if no one taught them to.

We worship ourselves. We glory in self-help. We want to achieve things on our own, our way. We want the best things in life, for ourselves. Until we come to a point of acknowledging that we are sinners, we can’t be a champion. Which leads us to…

#2 We are in need of champions. 

This world is broken. There is corruption everywhere. Evil seems to triumph at every corner. However, we see that God still uses broken people to accomplish his purpose. We simply are reflectors, not the source of light. Broken as we may be, we still can do our part.

Being a champion doesn’t mean that we don’t move because of our brokenness. It means moving because we know someone else needs help. Check this video.

 

God still uses people for his purposes. We can be a champion if we allow God to use us. But aside from allowing God to use us, we must meet The Champion himself.

#3 We can be champions because of THE CHAMPION.

I was reading an article posted in Facebook. The author says…

Who you really are has nothing to do with you — how much you can accomplish, who you can become, what you’ve done or failed to do, the size of your sin, your behavior (good or bad), your strengths, your weaknesses, your family background, your education, your looks and so on. Your identity is firmly anchored in Christ’s accomplishment, not yours; his strength, not yours; his performance, not yours; his victory, not yours. The gospel doesn’t just free you from what other people think about you; it frees you from what you think about yourself.
– Tullian Tchividjian

Being a champion doesn’t mean being the best, it is acknowledging that God has loved us first, and that’s why we can share His love to others. We can be champions because of the champion.

We are sinners. Now St. Paul also said…

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23

Let me put it clearly. Sin = Death. One sin = one death. We only have one life, but we sinned over and over again. This means we owe God big time. Think of it. How many lies do you commit in a week? Lying is a sin. This means we deserve to die for every lie we do. How many lies did we accomplish in a lifetime? We don’t have the means to pay.

But God sent someone who can pay our debt. Let me introduce you to The Champion. He can be known (John 17:3). He is truthful (Jer. 10:10), He is faithful in keeping His promises (Num. 23:19).

He is Jesus.

He walked on waters. He healed the sick. He raised the dead. He was crucified and he rose from the dead. More than anything else, He paid our debt. Guess what? There’s no one else who could pay our debt or mediate for us to God. St. Paul said…
There is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.
(1 Tim. 2:5)
We don’t go to the saints, or to Mary, or to anyone else. We need Jesus. He is the only one who can pay for our sins. He isn’t just our Savior. He is also our Lord.

Let all the house of Israel therefore know for certain that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified. (Acts 2:36)
He is both SAVIOR and LORD.
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We worship Christ, the Risen Lord.

Lord means Master. One who calls the shots. One who is to be obeyed. One who rules over us. A champion submits himself to a Lord, and we submit ourselves to no other name but Jesus.
Do you know your Lord? He is the word we are talking about. Let me end with this…
This is the essence of being a champion…starts with a rock-solid confidence in God and a willingness to live according to His Word no matter the consequences.
– John MacArthur, 12 Unlikely Heroes, p. 22
Read the Word, your Bible. Know your Lord, He is Jesus. You are a champion only if you surrender your life to Him.
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