Living in fear is one of God's biggest no-no's. The Lord does not want us to fear this world because when your heart is full of fear, there is no room for love! God calls us to take courage & spread His love to EVERYONE....that is a daunting task! When I hear God's call, I agree willingly because I know this call. I have heard it every Sunday, every Wednesday, and every day of my life. I am surrounded by amazing lovers of the Lord who remind me of God's mission constantly. Don't get me wrong...it's such a blessing!! Without the reminder, I would not know my true purpose on earth. But, because I have grown up constantly learning about God's call for my life, I don't really take the time to pause and reflect its full meaning. Today I realized that many Christians choose to love and be a light to all. But, do they really mean "to all"? That's a hard one. Let's look at a few words from Tom Doyle, writer of Standing in the Fire...
"Terror-ism. The very word is rooted in fear - mind numbing, blood chilling, heart stopping fear. What could be worse than facing a person dedicated to indiscriminately destroying human life of any kind - men, women, and children? The target of terror can be anybody. The influences around us - whether news reporters, politicians, or commentators - seem to want nothing more than to deepen our fear of the violent forces in a world that appears to be coming apart at the seams just a bit more each day. In today's world, if we're not careful, we can easily succumb to fear, and when we do, we can become a slave to it. The problem with living in fear is that - besides flying in the face of more than two hundred biblical admonitions to not fear - it can cause us to do the very thing we should not do." As Tom puts it, we should "refuse to run away, and run to the" problem that is causing fear. "We have let fear set us running in the wrong direction." (see John 16:33 & 1 Peter 5:8-9 below)
"But, as followers of Christ, the message of love He has given us to take to the world should never be daunted by fear. If it is, we're running instead of standing. I believe it's time for Christ followers to stand firm and no longer run away, because our enemy is the one who wants us to run." (see Daniel 3:17 below)
Jesus is with us. He gives us reason and courage to stand. Go and love everyone.
"In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world" -John 16:33
"Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world" -1 Peter 5:8-9
"the God we serve is able to deliver us" -Daniel 3:17
// Questions //
Are there certain people in your life that you fear to love and share Christ with? (they might even be close to you)
What are you afraid of?
Think...what is the best possible outcome of sharing Christ with them!?!