When you forget the gospel, you begin to seek from the situations, locations,
and relationships of ministry what you have already been given in Christ. You begin to look to ministry for identity, security, hope, well-being, meaning, and purpose. These are things you will only ever find vertically. They are already yours in Christ so you have to fight to give the gospel presence in your heart. Also, when you live out of the grace of the gospel, you quit fearing failure, you quit avoiding being known,
and you quit hiding your struggles and your sin.
 Paul Tripp, “Pastoral Ministry is War,”, accessed August 18, 2013, http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/tgc/2011/08/08/pastoral-ministry-is-war/