Winning Percentage (1 John 5:4-5)

One measure of success in a sport is the winning percentage, calculated by dividing the total number of wins over the total number of matches or games played. As examples, in major league baseball, the 2001 Seattle Mariners had an impressive winning percentage of 72. In professional basketball, the Golden State Warriors achieved an astounding percentage at 89 during the 2015-2016 season. On the other end, one of the lowest winning percentages is held by the Charlotte Bobcats who have the dubious distinction of a winning percentage of 11 during the 2011-2012 season. 

There is a sport where the top winning percentage is 22. Although this seems low in comparison to baseball or basketball, it is considered an absurdly high number, one that may never be equaled. The sport is professional golf and the top winning percentage is currently held by Tiger Woods. In 359 career PGA tour starts, he won 82 times for a winning percentage of 22.8. To place this in its proper perspective, the next closest golfer has a winning percentage of 9.4. The comparison between a team sport such as basketball and an individual sport such as golf may not be fair but the stark difference in winning percentages does hammer home a truth. Golf is a difficult sport to consistently win. It is a continual battle that one often loses. 

We are in a continual battle with Satan. He attacks by tempting us with cravings for physical pleasures, with seductive eye candy, and with pride in our achievements and possessions. We may accept what Satan and the world has to offer, thinking that this will give us a quick victory, but it is hollow and fleeting. We soon learn that it leads us down a slippery slope and an ever deeper hole. What was initially viewed as a victory is revealed as a horrible defeat. 

There is a better way. We are already more than conquerors through Jesus Christ! By the power of His Resurrection, Jesus defeated the power that Satan has over this world. God gives us the triumphant answer. We have already won!

For every child of God defeats this evil world, and we achieve this victory through our faith. And who can win this battle against the world? Only those who believe that Jesus is the Son of God. 1 John 5:4-5 (NLT)

What is our spiritual winning percentage?

When we place our faith in Jesus Christ, we will always win!

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

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