When you get up each morning, you have a choice to make which determines your mentality that day. You can either be victory-minded or victim-minded. Victory-minded people get up with the mentality to be preoccupied with what God has done for them and to write Him a thank-you note with their lives all day long. But victim-minded people get up believing that the circumstances of that day will determine how their day goes. They will then be enslaved to those circumstances and their results.
God does not desire for us to be victim-minded. He died on the cross for our sins so we could live in freedom and victory over sin each day.
So as a Christian, why is it important to be victory-minded? Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 2:14, “But thanks be to God, who always leads us as captives in Christ’s triumphal procession and uses us to spread the aroma of the knowledge of Him everywhere.”
You see, the Christian who gets up victory-minded to represent Jesus in all He does, and who thinks he’s making a difference in our culture, is the one who’s spreading the fragrance of Christ to those who are victim-minded. Victory-minded Christians are being used for God’s glory so that other people might say, “I want that victory too.”
One of my friends recently asked me, “Do you view life more often through your own eyes or do you take the time to see life as God sees it?” You see, when we view life in light of what God has promised us, we realize that we’re not fighting for victory, we’re fighting from victory! No matter what you do today—run, sing, cook, write, fold laundry, etc…—at the end of it all God can say, “That was all possible for you because My Son died for you. He now stands between you and your sin so that when I look at you, I see Christ in you.
When we view life only from our current circumstances to our desired circumstances, we eliminate God. When we only insert our desired circumstances into our prayer to God, we make God a co-pilot of our journey. Instead, we should say, “God, I don’t know what tomorrow holds but I know You hold the future. I don’t know all that You will ask me to do, but I know what brings You glory from Your Word. I don’t know what Heaven will be like but I know what You have been like throughout history, You’re a God of sacrifice, humility, and servanthood. This is what my life should look like instead of projecting my desired circumstances onto God with the hopes that He’ll go along with it.
God made us as His glory-agents. He didn’t need more power, He made people to bring more glory to Himself. We’re sinners in desperate need of God’s grace. When we remember this, we have the chance to bring Him glory. We need to put God back into the pilot seat and live like God’s glory is on the line!
Be victory-minded today, not victim-minded. Your circumstances will come and go but your God will not.
Praise God! And be victory-minded.
—Jack Easterby, Chaplain for the New England Patriots
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