The other night I sat on the couch while my daughter was in the care of her dad while bathing. I’d love to say I was reading a book or doing something edifying, but I wasn’t. I was just casually scrolling on my phone. So casually in fact that I wasn’t even looking at the feed from the people I follow, but I had clicked over to the search tab on Instagram and was still scrolling there. (Spending time on our phones is another lesson for another day and I wrote a post about it here).
But as I sat on the couch, there was a whole dirty kitchen calling my name. I forced myself off the couch and got to work (not an easy task!). I even documented via a time lapsed video on my phone. Later, when I went to share it on Instagram (which I have a love-hate relationship with if you can’t tell) I selected the song “Victory in Jesus” for the background music to that time-lapse video. At the time there was really no spiritual connection. But as I kept thinking about the instance, the song was actually very appropriate for the situation.
You see, victory in Jesus is found ultimately at the cross and resurrection. But it is also found in every little choice we make. We showcase Jesus’ victory every time we are tempted to sin and we choose not to. We showcase it not because we chose not to sin, but because Jesus has given us the freedom through salvation to be dead to sin and choose not to do it in His power.
So when we choose to have joy instead of frustration as we’re cleaning up the water our toddler dumped on the floor, that is victory in Jesus. When you force yourself off the couch at the end of the day to clean the messy kitchen instead of wasting time scrolling, that’s victory in Jesus. When you don’t get angry at the car in front of you for washing their windshield on the freeway, that is victory in Jesus. When you break one of your vintage bowls in the sink and laugh about it instead of cry in defeat, that is victory in Jesus.
Victory in Jesus
And while these may seem like little, insignificant moments, they are not. We are honoring the Lord when we choose to have victory in each and every moment.
They are actually perfect opportunities to live out Jesus’ victory in your life. He died on the cross so that you can have victory every moment of the day. I am determined to use these opportunities to proudly declare that Jesus has given me victory over sin because of what He has done on the cross.
“O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law; but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Corinthians 15:55-57
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