"But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain." 1 Corinthians 15:57-58
I went to a conference one time, and I was able to hear Dr. Tony Evans preach. He was preaching to an arena full of pastors and leaders. One comment he made that hit me right in my core was this: "You are not fighting for victory; you are fighting from victory!" Wow!!! I know many times in leadership, especially in the church, my perspective has always been about fighting for victory. It has been so easy to forget that Christ has already won the battled. He has defeated death, and He has defeated sin by way of the cross and the resurrection. As a Christ follower, I have been baptized by the Holy Spirit. He lives in me!!! I don't fight FOR victory; I fight FROM victory! That is the perspective that we as Christ followers should all have. We need to embrace the life that God has given us and be who He wants us to be, where He wants us to be. And as Paul said to the Corinthian Church, we need to "stand firm and let nothing move" us!