I thought about this man's list of qualities that separates winners from
losers. If you add a different twist to them what he said is very true. The
world is divided up into winners, all those who are saved, and losers, all
those who reject Christ. The winners are not winners because of anything
they have done but because the grace of God has enabled them to share in the
victory that the Lord Jesus won on the cross. The losers are those who
decide to stay apart from Christ.
The man had three criteria from which to distinguish the two groups. Let's
look at them from a Christian perspective. 1) Intelligence. In order to get
saved you need to have certain intelligence. You need to know something.
What do you need to know? You need to know that you are a lost sinner
without a thread of hope of ever doing anything to save yourself. You need
to know that you would be lost in sin and lost in hell forever, unless the love of God reaches out to people
who don't deserve it. You
need to know that Christ Jesus came to save such undeserving sinners. 2) Good Looks. Everybody
who has come to Christ has had his or her sins washed away by his precious
blood He shed on Calvary. They also have a new life within them because they
have been 'born again' (John 3:3). God sees every believer as 'in Christ'. 'In sin'
describes the best of men outside of Christ. Having your sins forgiven and a
new life in Christ is true beauty in the sight of God. 3) Wealth. What would
it mean to you to know that for all eternity you would be extremely happy in
the presence of the one who loved you so much that he died for you? What
would it mean to you to know that there would never be the slightest
disturbance of this peace and joy? Truly knowing these things is wealth
Oh won't you leave the foolish ways of this world behind and come to the
Savior who loves you? Coming to him is as simple as bowing your heart in
prayer and telling him you are a sinner who wants to be saved.
At the cross where the Lord Jesus Christ seemed to be beaten down and defeated, in truth
He won a great victory over sin and death. So great was this victory that
the most unworthy, least deserving and vilest sinner can be saved if he or
on him. What you do with the Lord Jesus Christ will determine if you will be
a 'winner' or 'loser' for all eternity. What will you do with him?
He then brought them out and asked, "Sirs, what must I do to be saved?"
They replied, "Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved..." Acts