Have any of you watched or heard of the popular television series, Survivor?  As it sounds, it is a show where the ultimate survivor is the one who outwits, outplays and outlasts everyone else. In doing so, he both received that prestigious title of Survivor, as well as 1 million dollars.

The spiritual game of Survivor is similar~to outwit, outplay and outlast~ but the rules are much different. Instead of using deceptive, cutthroat strategies against your opponents, God’s kingdom strategies are through actions of gracious, humble obedience.

Jesus Christ was our example. Although He came into this world in human form, He did not play the trump card of power through bullying, threats or self-aggrandizement. Jesus knew who He was, and where He had come from~He knew exactly why He was here, where He was going, as well as how He was going to get there.  He always kept the eyes of His heart stayed on the Father and the heavenly vision. He faithfully walked the straight path that was chosen and predestined for Him, regardless of personal comfort, prestige, rewards or consequences.

By doing so, He faithfully fulfilled His calling, as it was in heaven on earth, which included dying a agonizing death on the cross with grace and dignity. He did not entrust Himself to man, because He knew what was in man’s heart, but completely entrusted Himself to His Father, knowing ultimately His sacrifice would cause Death to be swallowed up in victory once and for all!

No matter what we are personally facing in the world today~because of Jesus’ faithfulness~there is always HOPE. Because of what He has already done, we too have outwitted, outplayed and outlasted our true enemy.  In Him-in Jesus-is our true reward; EVERLASTING LIFE!

In the meantime, why not choose to play the game of life like He did~faithful to heaven’s calling by living humbly, authentically, and willing to lay down your rights for the sake of others and the highest good, knowing, IMG_0124like Jesus did, you also will hear those precious words, Well done, good and faithful servant, enter into the joy of your master!

~The Quilted Poetess

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