My son performs in the local youth orchestra. He practiced the piano for months, and it was finally his time to shine on stage. He performed beautifully along with his fellow musicians. They played in a large performance hall where the city orchestra holds their concerts. As I listened to the students play, I realized how hard they must have worked. Their two songs were long, so they each practiced for hours over many weeks.
Although they played well, it was obvious that they did not play as well as the professional musicians in the city orchestra. I have listened to this orchestra play classical and modern music, and they perform flawlessly. They play so well, that it is difficult to comprehend the years of practice and the thousands of hours they have poured into their chosen instrument. They make performing look so easy that an audience may overlook the effort, energy and time that it took to achieve their level of proficiency.
As I compared the youth orchestra to the professional orchestra, I wondered how many people look at Christians living in victory and take for granted all the effort, energy and time they devote to praying to God and reading, studying and obeying His Word. People may assume that these Christians are just lucky, but God says specifically in His Word that He leads us on paths of righteousness (Proverbs 2.20). That doesn’t mean life will always be easy; but as we obey Him, He will give us everything we need each day to overcome all obstacles and accomplish His desired will (2 Peter 1.3).
As we witness Christians living in victory and see that their lives and home are filled with peace, joy and hope; we must assume that they are reading their Bibles, praying in the Spirit and obeying God’s Word to the best of their ability. God is the source of everything that is good, and people who have lots of godly fruit in their lives are feeding on that goodness (Psalm 34.8 & Galatians 5.22-23). They are building their faith with the goodness of God, and their lives are set on righteous paths.
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile. For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith” (Romans 1.16-17 NIV).
But we shouldn’t compare ourselves. Just as it will take the youth orchestrate years of practice to enter the professional level, it will take us time to make the life of faith look easy. We can continue to seek and obey the Lord, and God will be pleased with our performance on each level of our journey with Him (2 Corinthians 2.15). And He will give us victory in every area of our lives if we just have faith that He always wants the best for us.
“For everyone born of God is victorious and overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has conquered and overcome the world—our [continuing, persistent] faith [in Jesus the Son of God] (1 John 5.4 AMP).