The Biggest Loser specializes in physically transforming morbidly obese people. The transformations are nothing short of remarkable, and it is an honor to win the title "The Biggest Loser." The show also specializes, however, in boosting the self esteem of the contestants. They are constantly told that they have what it takes and that they should lose that weight for themselves. "You can do it; you're good enough; you're worth it; do it for YOU!" When they leave the Biggest Loser campus, they have lost tons of weight but have gained the ability to trust themselves like never before.
What a contrast to the gospel. The gospel is for losers, but not losers who are proud of what they've lost. Paul says, "Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own." In other words, you're not good enough; you can't do it. But Jesus is good enough; he did do it. If you want to be a follower of Christ you have to view your supposed strength as weakness; your good works as filthy rags; your gain as rubbish. Faith looks away from self and looks to Christ in complete dependence upon him. See the difference? The winner of The Biggest Loser walks away content and confident in who they are. The one who loses all things for Christ's sake walks away content and confident in who Christ is. Which kind of loser are you?
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