Amber and I watched Searching For Bobby Fischer last week.
One of the amazing quotes was, “You are just playing not to lose!”
The boy in the movie started to become timid in how he was playing chess and it directly influenced his strategy, moves, and overall view of the game.
Many do the same in Christianity. They just play not to lose. “As long as I don’t…” “At least I didn’t do…”
Now, there are definitely things we should not be doing as Christians, but the problem is that if we are only playing not lose, we will always walk timidly. 2 Tim. 1:7 has something to say about this, “He has not given you a spirit of timidity, but of power, love, and self discipline.”
We are part of a Kingdom that is advancing, not one that is just worried about an inward focus (although it does include that). We live from victory, not to gain victory.
I wonder how many people actually fear victory more than defeat and a defensive posture.
Don’t settle for “just not losing,” it makes the Trinity look cowardly and also causes a massively legalistic life.
As you go, live unto Life.