Sunday Recap: We Love To Win!

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.


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  1. Andrew

    I’m sure the Jews that were shouting “crucify Him” thought they had obtained a great victory when Jesus died on the cross. I’m not sure how long that feeling lasted for them. There were the miracles that took place at Jesus’ death like the veil in the temple tearing and an earthquake. Surely most of them recognized the significance in the timing of Jesus’ death and the extraordinary events that took place. Also, just a few days later his death was undone. Yet, from the Jewish leaders’ points of view Jesus did lose that battle on the cross, at least temporarily.

    How amazing is it that the greatest act of love would seem, from human perspective, to be a terrible defeat? It is just one more reason for me to be in awe of God and His great wisdom/power.

    I run into people all the time in my line of work who take it upon themselves to insult everything about me. I have resisted the urge numerous times to tell them how foolish, empty and incorrect their words are. There are times that I would love to lash out and put them in their place with some words of my own. However, there would be nothing to gain and plenty to lose by me doing so. I just have to tell myself their words and opinions don’t really matter. I tell myself it would not be a good service to God if I sunk to their level. I then often forgive them or tell them I forgive them which just makes it that much easier to let their words pass on by without taking hold. I guess that would be one example of an answer for your second question.

    Thanks for putting these thoughts on the website Mr. Jimmy!

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