Playing To Win (Jude 1:9)

“The key is playing to win, instead of trying not to lose,”

Rachel Chu from the movie “Crazy Rich Asians”.

 

In December 2018, the movie, “Crazy Rich Asians”, became the top-grossing domestic romantic movie of the last 10 years, raking in over $173 million dollars in the four months after its initial release in the United States. In the opening scene of the movie, the protagonist, Rachel Chu is introduced to us as a Professor of Economics with an expertise in game theory. She demonstrates her strategy by challenging one of her students in a game of poker, in front of the entire class. In spite of her student showing two pairs, she counters and goes all in with her bet, forcing another player to fold. She then explains her strategy to her hapless opponent with this quotation. It is a reverberating theme of the movie.

 

But when the archangel Michael, contending with the devil, was disputing about the body of Moses, he did not presume to pronounce a blasphemous judgment, but said, “The Lord rebuke you.”

Jude 1:9 (ESV)

 

Satan is a fallen angel, a created being. There are countless numbers of angels that serve God, yet one of the most powerful, Michael, did not even attempt to argue with Satan when they confronted each other over the burial of the body of Moses. If they battled, they may have fought to a draw, but we will never know because Michael did not try to lose, he intended to win.

 

Am I bold enough to stand up to Satan? I am a fool to think I can do this by my own strength. The Bible tells me that Satan prowls around like a lion, seeking every opportunity to prey upon me, leading me into temptation, hoping I will succumb to his wiles. In every moment of my life, Satan will insidiously work within situations and relationships, to wrest my attention away from God. When confronting sin and Satan, I can never be content to try not to lose, I must play to win. I have this assurance because I have accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. Like, Michael, I must evoke the name and power of the Almighty God, who is infinitely more powerful than Satan. My complete assurance is knowing that God is always on my side because He has already defeated Satan and his schemes.

 

Playing to win.

 

When God is on our side, who can be against us?

 

Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.

 

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