Facing Our Fear of Forever We Find Freedom
I’ve had the privilege of being with many people as they face their last 30 days on this earth. People facing death receive a new freedom, a “license” to say what they really feel and to do what they really want. What keeps us from doing that now? Fear of what people think.
Jesus was free of the need to please people, to gain their approval. He rebuked the influential pharisees and refused to be intimidated by the powerful authorities in the Roman government. Jesus knew He would be dying soon and therefore what was there to fear from people?
Don’t be afraid of those who want to kill your body; they cannot touch your soul. Fear only God, who can destroy both soul and body in hell. – Matthew 10:28
What would you do differently if you no longer had to worry about what other people thought? If you only had one calendar page left to flip? Would you go to a mission field and not worry about having your own home? Would you tell everyone knew about God’s grace because you now feared facing Him soon more than the rejection of others? When you suddenly worry not hearing “well done good and faithful servant” nothing else matters.
Facing Our Fear of Forever We Find Faith
“Death is the thing most feared because it appears to be the end of everything.” – Aristotle
The fear of death comes from not knowing what happens when our eyes close for the last time on this earth.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me. Your rod and your staff, they comfort me. – Psalm 23:4
When we realize for the Christian that death is but a shadow of something passing that can’t touch us, we gain faith.
Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?” John 11:25
Do you believe this? Then live like it.
Dear Jesus, trust in the promise of heaven. Help me today to not fear death nor fear what people think. Help me today to live like I was dying.
Thoughts for Today
- Do you fear death? If so why? Aren’t you sure of heaven?
- What would you say to someone if you knew you had 30 days to live?
- Talk to one person that you’ve been avoiding and be honest.
- If you’re not sure that you would go to heaven, ask Jesus to forgive you and save you right now. Give Him your life and surrender control to Him as your Lord.