We made it through two girls and seven years before our little man decided to superhero it off a chair, breaking his leg. He will have his cast for three weeks, but it has hardly slowed him down (he has invented new ways to get around and still obey Mommy’s cry of “no walking!”). Despite his limitations, he is overcoming.
Although three weeks is an eternity for a two-year-old, we constantly remind him that his liberation is coming soon. In a spiritual sense, how much more do those in Christ need these constant reminders of overcoming and liberation? We limp through life, broken in our sin, and yet Jesus has provided our overcoming and liberation in His Gospel. He was broken for us so that in Him we might be repaired and restored.
We need to constantly preach this to ourselves when we feel the weight of our cast (sin) and the limitations it has imposed on us. There is a day coming—although sometimes it feels like an eternity—when our victorious Jesus will return and completely set all things right. In that day of liberation there will be no more sin, no more pain, and no more tears. As we expectantly wait for that time, we can constantly remind ourselves that Jesus has overcome and those who believe in Him are overcomers with Him. As the Apostle Paul wrote to the church at Corinth, “We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies” (2 Corinthians 4:8-10).
Bear and Vanessa are international workers in Mexico City working with Urban Professionals. Learn more at https://www.cmacan.org/bvy/