The Christian who “wins” is the Christian who keeps going. This is not fancy; this does not get the headlines, but it is the truth about God’s ways with His people. That is why a key word in the Biblical vocabulary for the Christian is “endurance”. The Christian is to keep going through all situations. The true believer in Christ does not just keep going when all is going well and the sun is shining and everything is conducive to holiness. No! The Christian continues on regardless.
So we thought about the complaints of the tennis players regarding the bad conditions (see here). The true champion recognises that they must put all their skills into operation regardless of the conditions. They do not just sit down and sulk when conditions are just not as they desire them to be. Rather, they get on and approach the task at hand with zeal and passion irrespective of how hard the prevailing circumstances are.
Paul uses the metaphor of the military when he writes to Timothy and says: Join with me in suffering, like a good soldier of Christ Jesus (2 Tim. 2:3). James puts it like this 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 (James 1:2-4).
Now that is victory.