“Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.” (Ephesians 6:11, NIV)
At the Gettysburg battleground there is a small plaque that says, “Write home, and tell them I died facing the enemy.”
The Christian life is all about advancing, pressing forward, running a race, forgetting those things that are behind – all for the purpose of accomplishing God’s will on this earth. We invade the darkness with the light of the Gospel, going into all the world with all of the means God has given us.
Retreat is not an option. We are in a battle, taking new ground. After taking it, we stand firm.
It is interesting to note the armor of God that we put on. Apparently, no provision is mentioned for our back. As Christians, we are to advance, not retreat. We are to invade our culture, keeping the culture from invading the church. Others have said that the best defense is a good offense.
The more active we can be in pursuing the goals of KingdomNomics, the more success we will have in holding off the enemies of discouragement, depression, excessive consumerism, greed, and fear. A growing and active faith is the best defense against the wiles of the devil. Taking new ground gives us increasing boldness.
All of us are in a race against time. Our loaf of time is shortened by the slice each day. When our time comes, would it not be great for people to say of us, “There is a person who died facing the enemy, taking new ground for the King!”
Today, ask yourself:
Am I on the move for the King? What can I do better to prepare myself to help advance the Great Commission?