With everything we see, read and hear today, it is easy to live our lives in fear. I mean, let’s be honest: the danger is real.
Sadly, it seems every day we hear of some new atrocity committed somewhere in the world — or maybe just down the street. It makes sense that for many the only answer is to live safer lives… to lock up, pull the shades, and hope we somehow make it through.
But as Christians we have to ask: Is all this danger we hear about the whole story?
Jesus told His disciples He was sending them out “as sheep among wolves” (Matthew 10; Luke 10).
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As one of my favorite pastors — who also happens to be my brother-in-law — has well said: “Do you know what sheep do among wolves?! They get eaten!”
So it seems that Jesus knew the dangers we face in this life, and yet He sends us out anyway. This causes me to wonder if being “eaten” by the “wolves” of this world is not the most dangerous thing that can happen to us in this life, then what is? Does Jesus send us out because He simply does not care?
Of course Jesus cares. He laid down His life for His people. (That’s us!) In fact, Jesus taught that there is something more dangerous than injury or death: having our minds fixed on “mere human concerns.”
Instead, Jesus says that, to truly learn from Him, we must take up our cross daily and follow Him, asking, “What good is it if you gain the whole world and forfeit your soul?” (Matthew 16; Mark 8; Luke 9)
In a world that seems obsessed with being ever safer, I have to ask: Are you willing to live dangerously?
Remembering that perfect love drives out all fear-
Pastor Bill Dempsey
Family Bible Church