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Victory has defeated you

posted 5 Apr 2013, 04:28 by   [ updated 5 Apr 2013, 04:35 ]

I admit that this thought comes out of my geeky nature, but I am not ashamed. For those of you who are not aware, Bane is a character in the Batman franchise and has always been one of Batman's greatest enemies. He is the man who breaks Batman's back. However Bane is not only strong he is highly intelligent. In the film 'The Dark Knight Rises', Batman's first fight with Bane is disastrous. He is out of shape and unaware of his enemy's training and strategy. He dives into the fight with gusto but fails to deliver because he has not practiced, he is injured and has rushed into it without thought. 

This can happen in our spiritual lives too if we aren't careful. When we get out of shape spiritually, stop seeking God on a regular basis, neglect our relationship with the Creator and remove Jesus from the centre of our lives it can hit us pretty hard when we come up against someone or something that either challenges or draws from our faith. We can be caught off guard, just like Batman during that first battle and if we're not careful we too can be broken. 

In 1 Corinthians Paul writes, 'Do you not know that in a race the runners all compete,  but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win it. Athletes exercise self-control in all things; they do it to receive a perishable garland, but we an imperishable one. So I do not run aimlessly, nor do I box as though beating the air; but I punish my body and enslave it, so that after proclaiming to others I myself should not be disqualified.'

But how do we get to this point? It doesn't happen easily. Sometimes we need to be broken in order for us to realise just how important the focus of the journey really is. Perhaps what is needed to orientate ourselves towards the path that jesus is leading you down is defeat instead of victory, then we can see the true nature of the journey and the victory that is really ours in the death and resurrection of Christ. 

- Ben