I learned a major thing about the Christian life through the Pacquiao-Marquez fight. “Worldly” success has been something that most of us tie up with faith. Most groups nowadays preach about ‘prosperity’ and attaining all that we can get because as children of God, we are blessed. We are led to think that believing in Christ means that we have super access to a super genie who will grant us our wishes. We are led to think that if we pray before a basketball game hoping to win, God will somehow don our team’s colors and root for us. (But what if the other team prays as well, no?)
While I don’t discount the fact that we are indeed highly favored, I believe that God uses trials to mold and shape our character–something that’s more important than worldly gains. James 1:2-4 say:
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
The Christian life is not all about the highs and joys. There are lows and pains that we have to overcome to learn more about ourselves and about God’s greatness.
And, I’d like to quote Lisa Welchel, one of the Survivor Philippines castaways, on her thoughts about God picking the winner of the said reality show:
I don’t think God chooses sides…I think He’s so much bigger than that.
I honestly agree with her. While we know that God has a great plan for our lives, we cannot make our “Christianity” our fast forward pass to winning some competition. God is a lot wiser and has the bigger picture in mind. While Pacquiao may have lost in his bout, I’m sure that God gave him a win in a different area of his life. And well, God knows best.