04 Nov Do Not be Afraid – 11/4/20
Matthew 10:26-31 – “So have no fear of them, for nothing is covered that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known. What I tell you in the dark, say in the light, and what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops. And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.”
Jesus repeats, “Do not be afraid” three times in these six verses. Repeating words or phrases in the Bible is a signal to us, the readers, to pay attention. What are we not to fear? First, do not be afraid to tell God’s truth to others. His truth will not remain hidden, He will make His name known because He cares deeply about His name and reputation. The question is, “Will we participate with Him to make it known?” Second, do not fear those who are hostile towards God and Christians. Even if death was our fate for sharing the gospel, we should not fear because He conquered death. We know what is on the other side. Finally, do not fear God’s sovereignty. He is in control of all things. Verse 29 shows us that not one sparrow falls to the ground outside of the Father’s care. If God cares for an insignificant animal that much, think how much more he cares and looks over you. You are far more valuable and precious than sparrows.
As Christians the one thing we are to fear is God, which is to acknowledge or have a conscious awareness of God’s presence and character. Rest in that today, because his presence and character remain the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow.
God, we thank you for your life, death, and resurrection. We thank you for the gospel which has the power to transform lives. Let us be bold as we take your gospel to dark and hard places around Falls Church and the surrounding cities. Let your light shine through each of us so that you would be made known. We praise you for your character, your love for us, and your care for us. Help us to boldly go where your grace leads us, taking with us the confidence of your gospel and the hope we have in you. Amen.