Wednesday, April 11, 2012

The only fear Jesus recognizes

Wouldn't it be nice to think that as Jesus sends his disciples as missionaries and evangelists into the world they are welcomed with a warm reception? But this is not the case (See Matthew 10: 14)

Expect Opposition
According to Matthew 10: 5-8, as Jesus sends his disciples into the world he gives them authority to drive out unclean spirits, to heal diseases and afflictions and to proclaim the good news.

Every good deed should be rewarded, right? The reader expects that the missionary’s good deeds are well received with thanksgiving and praise. 

Instead, Jesus warns that the opposite will happen. They will deliver you over to courts and flog you in their synagogues. When they persecute you in one town flee to the next. Matthew 10: 17, 23).

But don’t be alarmed that you suffer for His name. A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master. If they called the master of the house Beezebul (Lord of the demons), how much more will they malign those of his household. Matthew 10: 24-25

Do not fear
Four times Jesus told his disciples do not fear. You will face great pain and loss for going in my name but do not fear.

  1. Do not fear them. Nothing is covered that will not be revealed. God knows every secret and hidden agenda and God will reveal those hidden plans made against his servants. Matthew 10: 26-27
  2. Do not fear those kill the body because they cannot kill the soul. Matthew 10: 28
  3. Only fear God who can kill both body and soul in hell. Matthew 10: 28
  4. Do not fear for your daily needs. Are not two sparrows sold for a penny and not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father? Even the hairs on your head are all numbered. Matthew 10: 29-31
 The only fear to have, is fear of God. God is greater than all the enemies of the faith. God is greater than all the powers of evil. God is greater than anything or anyone in the world. God is creator all that is. Fear God and treat others as your equal.

As you go in Jesus’ name, remember, you are blessed to be a blessing to others. Expect opposition to come as you go. Have no fear of those who oppose you. Only fear God.