Growing up in church, I felt like Christians were always playing defense. We always felt like we were being attacked or on the verge of attack. We had to do what we could to be ready to fight at all times. To have all the answers. To be ready to win any debate.
Now that I think about it, that doesn’t seem right. That doesn’t sound like what Jesus had in mind.
I’m reading the book Simple Church right now, and I was blown away when I got to this section:
“Gates are never on offense. Only defense. Hell is always on defense. However, the movement of the church is never on defense. Only offense. The church always has the ball! There are no defenders on the squad. This is good news. Victory is guaranteed. The question is not whether we are going to win or not. Our victory celebration has already been determined.”
“The question is, how much will we win by? How big of a dent in the gates of hell will we make? Will we run up the score?”
Oh my goodness! That is powerful stuff right there!
I believe this wholeheartedly.
So what would happen if I really started living this belief out on a daily basis?
What if we all did?
May we daily storm the gates of hell!
May we run up the score!!
Maybe we are on the defense because we have been taught 1 Peter 3:15 “But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,” We just thought we had to give an answer for everything! And missed that we were suppose to give our answer with gentleness and respect and we don’t have to answer everything, but just the hope that we have in Christ Jesus. But the irony is because our hope is in Jesus we have already won and definitely on the offense 🙂
Great thoughts Stephanie!