Arms Up

But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. - ‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭15:57‬ ‭NIV‬‬

I don't know about you but I like winning. It is fun. Don’t get me wrong, competing is fun too. Victory is different. It is exhilarating.

When you win you tend to carry a sense of accomplishment. It instills a sense of confidence that others pick up on. The body responds to victory by sending endorphins throughout its different parts. These endorphins are responsible for the sense of happiness, euphoria, and satisfaction you experience after a win.

Winning is fun and a reason to celebrate. Watch any competition and I bet you see the “position of the victorious” assumed. Something good happens, a home run that wins the game, or touchdown catch, or a racecar driver gets out of the car after speeding past the victory line and I bet you see both arms thrown in the air above the head. The position is natural in victory. 

When we worship, many of us put our arms in the air. For many years I questioned it, I didn’t understand.  But when a friend shared the concept of the “position of the victorious” it shifted my perspective. With many, many years working with athletes it was a position I knew well. It, finally, made sense to me. Jesus has the victory. His victory is our victory. Our debt paid in full by his death and resurrection. Death was defeated forever and we are redeemed because of His victory. 

So, go ahead, raise those hands in worship. Show your gratitude for the victory Jesus gives us. Assume the position of the victorious. 

Be blessed and be a blessing,

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