The idea of winners and losers comes about because we humans operate in pride and self-preservation. Pride and self-preservation put us at odds with each other. Whether it’s a friendly game or an all-out war, we oppose our fellows. The end result is a selection of winners and losers. There is only one force that moves us beyond the pride and self-preservation mode. That force produces all winners.
Now ask yourself, what would motivate me to lay down my pride and self-preservation? What would get me to the place where I didn’t care about what I had to do or about what others thought? What would cause me to give my life away? Wouldn’t you agree that the answer is love? I would throw myself in front of a bus to save my wife, or my children, or my grandchildren. I believe I would even do the same for my students. Why, because I love them.
Guess where we find the greatest demonstration of giving up your pride and laying down your life for others. Yes, Jesus on the cross is the answer. When the one through whom all things were created humbled himself and gave up his life, everybody became winners. Everyone is offered eternal life. He saved us all because he loves us.
The challenge of the cross is before us. Will we surrender our pride and lay down our lives for others? Will we choose to love? Will we help others to know the good news that they are winners?