There are some that appear to be completely fearless. I’ve also met very strong, macho men who would jump up in a chair when they saw a mouse. The truth is, we all fear something and quite a few appear to be afraid of most everything.
So, what are you afraid of? When asked that question, some may say snakes, spiders, and even the dark. But let’s take this fear thing to another level by completing this sentence:
“I would completely sell out and serve God faithfully, if it were not for (fill in the blank).”
Since it isn’t likely that we can read minds, let’s explore some hypothetical answers:
Financial obligations: But do you not trust God in your finances?
Lack of knowledge: Do you not trust God to speak through you?
Friends and relatives: Do you love them more than the One who saved you?
The uncertainty of it all: Is there really any certainty in anything?
The answer to that last question is absolutely! I’m certain that if we give God everything we are and everything we have, we will never regret it. Can you see a common thread running through all of this? It’s weak faith. Think about things you might change in your life right now if your faith were stronger. What would you be doing for the Lord and others that you are not currently doing?
Weak faith makes weak Christians; Christians who are without power to serve our Lord as He desires that we should. So how can we strengthen our faith so we can overcome our fear of serving him?
First, we should think back. Hebrews 10:32 says, “But recall the former days in which, after you were illuminated, you endured a great struggle with suffering.” Here the writer is saying to remember what you have already suffered for your faith in Christ. Was He not with you through all that, and will He not be faithful in your current and future struggles?
Secondly, we should become more familiar with the scriptures. Romans 10:17 says, “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” The more you read and learn about the word of God, the stronger your faith becomes. What do you fear? Now ask yourself this question: Why do you fear? Is it a choice you’re making?
Dr. Charles Stanley once said, “Fear stifles our thinking and actions. It creates indecisiveness that results in stagnation.” By the way, just because some have strong faith doesn’t necessarily mean that they are without fear. It just means that due to their strong faith, they are empowered to respond bravely in spite of their fear. Those with strong faith are confident that God will accomplish his will through them in the midst of their fear.
What is that one thing that you feel compelled to accomplish for the Lord before you die? If you can’t think of anything, that in itself is a problem. But if you know what that one thing is, then when will you determine to move past your fear and get busy about doing what the Lord is calling you to do?
I once employed a carpenter that usually did his work very well. However, occasionally he would make a glaring mistake and neglect to correct it. It was as though he was signing his work … leaving his mark. We all leave our mark in life. For some, it’s their mark of excellence while others leave a mark of faithfulness. For many Christians today, they’re signing their work by leaving it incomplete, seriously flawed, or never begun.
The stronger our faith, the more manageable our fear. Managed fear results in one leaving their mark of faithfulness and excellence in the work of our Lord.