Sunday we talked about how we love to win. I admit it, I timed this with the beginning of football season. We love to win! Many of us cheer passionately for the home team (though we may debate the propriety of booing the visitors).
Sports are so trivial – its all for fun!
A serious problem arises when this determination to win characterizes our relationships – when there are offenses and disagreements, sometimes our competitive spirit (or worse, killer instinct) takes over and we have to win!
Jesus, as always, is our example. He was willing to look like a loser.
Philippians 2 says though Jesus was God he “made made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross (7, 8).
He was willing to be laughed at, spit on, and despised. He was willing to look like a loser. “Look like” is the key idea because in reality he was being a winner by voluntarily denying himself for the good of others.
1. Do you agree that Jesus looked like a loser when He died on the cross?
2. The Philippians 2 text began with “Let this mind be in you which was in Christ Jesus” (2:5). Give an example of a time when we might choose to look like a loser.