“You MAY ALREADY BE A WINNER! We have all seen this slogan on that big yellow envelope that we get in the mail from time to time. When we receive that envelope, we have a choice of to either open it or toss it in the garbage. If we decide to take that chance and ‘Enter To Win’, we spend the rest of the afternoon punching out stickers and deciding if we want to purchase products that are offered if you enter the sweepstakes.
My son Drew works in marketing and advertising. He states that the goal in advertising is to get into our heads with catchy jingles or slogans. These slogans and jingles convince us to by a product or take chances in entering a sweepstakes. How many times do we buy that product we thought we could use or entered that sweepstakes knowing that this is the year we will win? How many times have we been disappointed once that product was in our hands? Or, we were let down when the Prize Patrol did not come to see us?
Satan is like that slogan or commercial jingle. As Christians, he wants to get into our heads by deceiving and convincing us that his product is better and with him we could be a winner. How many times have we bought into his product thinking it is the better way or that we could very well be a winner? Yet, after we bought into his product, we were met with disappointment and continued to look for something even better?
As Christians, we are continually challenged by Satan. He thinks he knows us. Yet, no one knows our hearts better than Jesus. With Christ in our lives, we are ALREADY A WINNER! It is through Jesus Christ that we already have the ultimate prize. The prize is an eternal home with Him in Paradise. Paul tells us in Philippians 4:13 “I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. “ What better prize is there than to be able to sit at the banquet table with our Heavenly Father and his Son?
The choice is ours to make. We can open that envelope of chances that Satan presents to us. Or, we can chose a guaranteed win with Christ. It is in accepting Christ in our lives that makes us ALREADY WINNERS!
What choice will you make? Are you going to take a ‘chance to win’? Or, are you Already A Winner where your prize awaits you in heaven?