Freedom from Our Fears
“You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the Lord. Jeremiah 1:7b-8
In the early days of reality television, Fear Factor debuted. It revolved around six contestants who had to face increasingly frightening and often disgusting tasks. At the conclusion of the contest, the host would always say to the winner, “Fear is not a factor for you.”
Is fear a factor for you? Have you ever considered why many fail to fulfill their mission? They are afraid. The reason many never tell another person about Jesus Christ is fear. “What will others think?” God says, “I will be with you.”
I lose my fear when God is near. When I realize the power of His presence fear disappears.
As followers of Jesus, we must build our lives upon the love of God not the fear of people. Courage is not the absence of fear. Courage is doing that which you fear the most. Do you fear having a spiritual conversation with someone else? Are you afraid to invite a coworker to church? Do it anyway. Our love for God moves us to action on His behalf. Love always beats fear.
God is not looking for superstars. God uses very ordinary people who are willing to face their fear and trust His presence in their lives.
As we pause today on Good Friday, thank God for sending His Son, Jesus, to be our sacrifice for sin. Pray for boldness. Pray that God would make you more aware of His presence as you step out of your comfort zone. Pray for the opportunity to invite a friend or co-worker to church this Sunday!