Matt Coker | @MatthewSCoker
In all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. (Romans 8:37 NIV84)
What do you have that needs a little conquering? Well, we all have stuff. Lust, pride, greed, gluttony, all them "sev-deadlies," as the kids are calling them these days, probably. But we have that conquered. We are in Christ, and therefore, we are already conquerors over all of our faults and failures. Even if we fail and fall into that sin again and again in our life, ultimately, our hearts are in Christ’s hands, so we win in the end.
But what does it mean to be more than a conqueror? David, when he was a little boy, took five stones and killed a very persistent foe, Goliath. Goliath also happened to be a very angry giant.
When David, through God's power, slew Goliath, he kept the giant's sword in his possession. It would sit in the corner as he grew into King of all Israel, sharing the story with anyone who would ask about that giant sword.
Not only are we conquerors, but we are leaders that are called to tell the story of our victory over sin, or, more precisely, Christ’s victory over our sin. That way, others might be encouraged to fight the same way we did.
And how is that? Relying on God for the total victory. He saved us, He changed us, changed our nature, changed our hearts, made us something new.
He transformed us from sinners to saints. Do we still struggling against the flesh? Of course. Long after David defeated Goliath, he faced another giant, one of sexual immorality. But God did not let that sin define David's legacy. David's legacy is one of victory, poetry, of being a man after God's own heart.
And David's story is also our story. God now defines our legacy. He makes us conquerors.
And then He makes us MORE.
Matt Coker is the Ministry Director of The Back Row. He is married to a beautiful woman he met when they were both in youth group and they have one mischievous son together. Matt collects Funko Pop figures, loves time travel movies, and enjoys exotic jerky meats. You can contact Matt via the contact page or on Twitter at @MatthewSCoker.