I spoke to a lady this afternoon that was going through a major crisis.
But she came to me not asking for counseling. Neither did she come to seek help regarding her situation. She came to me to ask how she can serve in church.
It was impressive what kind of perspective she had… that though she was going through difficulty (which is a huge understatement), she wanted to look for opportunities to get the focus off herself and onto serving God through the church.
I remember what Pastor Jim Laffoon said many years ago that stuck with me. He said,
“When the devil attacks your camp, launch an all out war against his.”
Paul says in 1 Timothy 6:12, “Fight the good fight of faith.”
While we live by the grace of God, we concurrently need to wake up each morning in fighting mode.
We don’t march toward victory, but we march from victory. And as we do, we march out fighting.
Paul said, “But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them…” (1 Corinthians 15:10).
We are saved by grace and we live by grace. But somewhere in there, we fight and work with all our heart because of the very grace that’s been bestowed.