Back in my junior college days—I got crazy in the ring, slugging it out with my buddies.
We pulled off our t-shirts, put on boxing gloves and pummeled each other. For three minutes, two guys would box—and the rowdy crowd that circled us would decide who won the match. Then, the winning fighter would box again and again—until he was exhausted or defeated.
Have you been kicked around and knocked down by the stuff of life?
Sometimes, we get beat up by people or circumstances—and feel like we can’t get back up.
That’s why I like the lyrics of “Get Back Up,” a contemporary Christian song sung by Toby Mac, as it offers us hope: “You may be knocked down, but not out forever … we get back up again.”
That’s hope-filled encouragement for everyone who knows and trusts our Savior!
Over 2,000 years ago, Jesus Christ was nailed to a rough wooden cross by tough Roman soldiers. He hung there for three hours—and then died for our sins. He was buried in an empty rock tomb—and then three days later, he got back up. He came back to life.
That’s how our amazing and living Savior defeated sin, death and the enemy—with one punch!
Hebrews 12:2-3 says, “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus … who endured the cross, scorning the shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart”
Our Savior was dropped to the mat and knocked down for the sins of the world—and then he got back up and grabbed life again, as the reigning Champion of heaven and earth!
That same Savior stands at your side—when life comes at you with a wild upper cut, bloodies your nose and drops you to the mat. He may not stop the fight, but he’ll strengthen you.
The warrior-king David trusted his mighty God when he was harassed and attacked. He wrote, “It is God who arms me with strength … he trains my hands for battle” (Psalm 18:32, 34).
That’s how we know David relied on God’s strength, as he faced and fought his enemies.
The bold apostle Paul thought like a fighter who refuses to quit, even when he’s getting beat up. He wrote, “We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed” (2 Corinthians 4:8-9).
That’s how we know Paul didn’t give up and walk away when he got beat up.
So—next time the stuff of life pummels and knocks us down, let’s do what David and Paul did. Let’s choose to get back up and refuse to give up—and look to our Savior for strength and hope!