Serve Him without fear (Luke 1:74)

Obviously doing something without fear is easier said than done. Can we really not have fear? Where does fear come from? Is it healthy? Is it good?

What are you afraid of? Why are you afraid of that?

 

I think there are many facets to fear. I’m sort of discovering this as we go on this journey of 365 Days Free From Fear.

As we go on this journey, what I’m discovering is the truth of 2 Timothy 1:7, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline” (NLT).

So, when we have a relationship with God through faith in Jesus Christ, we do not live in a spirit of fear, because we have the capacity to live in power, love, and self-discipline. We don’t have to be afraid. We can serve God with no fear.

What might this look like? Maybe it means standing up for your faith in God even when your co-workers don’t like Christians. Maybe it means speaking up when you’re hanging around the “water cooler” and your co-workers are gossiping about someone, or tearing down someone, or making jokes at the expense of someone who isn’t there.

Maybe serving God without fear looks like reading your Bible and praying even if people think you’re weird, or that prayer doesn’t work, or that the Bible isn’t really true or really isn’t the Word of God.

Maybe serving God without fear looks like daily living your life in such a way that people notice a difference in you, and when they ask you are able to begin the story of what Jesus Christ has done in you as He transformed you and made you into a new creation who loves and serves Him.

 

I don’t know what serving God without fear looks like for you. I think for me it looks like standing firm in my faith in public and private; not giving in to subtle temptations that distract me from Jesus. It means living a life full of bold love as I’m constantly being transformed by the awesome and incomprehensible and unending grace of God and have the wonderful opportunity to share that grace with everyone I come into contact with.

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