Tug-of-War

Tug-of-War
A game that pretty much everyone has played. (If you went to Elementary school in America, then you played Tug-of-War)

You are familiar with this competition. Groups stand on each side of the rope and tug their hearts out in hopes of pulling the other group beyond a certain point. More exciting variations include sand, mud, or water in the middle.

Think back to how it felt.. You would grab the rope and begin pulling. Time would go by and you would begin to sense victory or defeat. You would pull harder and harder until you reached the breaking point. The breaking point is when you knew the outcome: victory or defeat.

I reached the conclusion yesterday that the Christian walk is similar to Tug-of-War in many ways. Just think about it- Spirit vs Flesh. A constant struggle that all of us face.

The Bible clearly explains the relationship. They are at war.

For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want.
Galatians 5:17
There is one HUGE difference between Tug-of-War and the Christian walk.. And that is the outcome. 
Losing in Tug-of-War is not a desirable outcome. Losing in the Christian walk is… Surrender. 

You see, naturally we think that we are on the side of the Spirit. But that is not the case. Our flesh and sin nature come naturally to us, and we will fight against the Spirit with every ounce of energy in our soul. 
For us it is impossible to “lose” because we live victorious thru Christ. I’ve read Revelation, and if you have placed  your hope in Christ then you know that the outcome is pretty good for us. 


So what is the problem?
Surrender. 
Letting go of the rope. This is contrary to our nature. 
Surrender is terrifying, which is why I suspect we fight so much. 

I can’t tell you how to surrender completely. I struggle with this as well. All I can say is that true surrender is the only way that we can truly walk with Christ as He intends.
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