Make Me A Legend, Chapter 3
People go crazy over championship contests. Extremely large hordes of obsessive followers stampede their way into the world’s largest venues every time a little guy demonstrates the guts to face a giant. We root loudly for the little guy. We worship the underdog who, against insurmountable odds, brings the giant down. The bigger the challenge, the more we are intrigued. Show us a plot set in epic impossibility, and we are all ears. We relate so well because real life is heaving with challenges—many of them far beyond any easy conquest.
Challenge is defined as “a stimulating task or problem,” “a calling to account or into question,” “an order to halt and prove identity.”ut a real challenge, we lack the opportunity to halt and outwardly exhibit our innermost greatness. Challenge pinpoints our very worst and stirs up our very best. I believe there is something legendary lying dormant inside of every person, and unless we are challenged, we will never know just how amazing we could have been.
Whatever fails to kill us makes us better and stronger. Adversity isn’t supposed to be the end of us; it is merely the backdrop of our defining moments. When we face challenges, our smoldering greatness has a chance to flash out for all to see. So guess what, my friend? Those excruciating challenges you’ve been protesting all this time are not going to kill you! In fact, they have been sent to showcase your greatness! Just hold on and you’ll see. Everything is really working out to your advantage, and after God gets finished turning the current hellish trial into your next big win, the devil will wish he had never laid eyes on you. If he had only known how you would come through this fiery furnace with a promotion, he would have never thrown you down into the flames! This is exactly what the apostle Paul was trying to say in the following verses:
That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever (2 Corinthians 4:16-18).
Now, let’s think about your life and mine for a moment.
How strange that we desire lives without challenge?
We want everything to always run smoothly, don’t we?
When bad things happen, we protest, “Life is not fair!”
But, in our most challenging circumstances, God is proving us…
Challenges are not supposed to kill us?
Challenges tell the world who we are, and what we have to offer!
Challenges reveal to us, inner strengths we never knew we had.
Look at your current challenges from another angle.
Wipe off your tears, and smile even if it’s just a little smile.
Plan your comeback, defeat these odds… win this contest!
On the other side of this, there is a PROMOTION!
I’m praying for you this morning.
Here is the perfect video for today’s message, Elevation Worship: Give Me Faith