Whether we like to admit it or not, we are all fearful people. Every one of us fears something. Moreover every one of us are so paralyzed by certain fears that it hinders our responsibility to the Kingdom of God and it prevents us from doing his will. I’ve been on boards and in meeting long enough now to realize that what people call strategy and sensible thinking is really a paralysis brought about by fear. From the time we are born, fear has been planted in us, especially by our cautious parents. If you have children you may be familiar with these words, “Tommy, don’t climb the tree!”, or “Jon, stop playing in the sand, you’ll get germs.” or “Lisa, don’t speak to black people, they’re dangerous.” Fear has been planted in us by overly cautious parents, equally cautions friends who supposedly have our best interests at heart and some of our teachers. Fear has been planted so subtely in us that we don’t even recognize its control and influence over us. We’re fearful of speaking out. Why? Perhaps because we’ve been taught at home that outspokenness is a form of disrespect. We’re fearful of making friends outside of our current circle. Why? Perhaps we’ve been taught that people outside of this circle are dangerous and harmful. We’re fearful of helping the poor or sharing our possessions. Why? Perhaps we’ve been taught that what we’ve worked for belongs to us and us alone and that sharing would deplete our resources. If we were to take a mental walk back toward our childhood we will discover how much we’ve been programmed to be fearful instead of fearless.
Even after we’ve become Christians we still carry the baggage of fear into our new life. We may proclaim that we are fearful in doing the will of the Lord and I don’t question your integrity. However I would ask, “What does it really mean to be a fearless Christian?” To be a fearless Christian means that you make right EVERY area that you’ve wronged God in. Do you take drugs and alcohol? Make it right! Do you have relationships that are displeasing to God? Make it right! If you are not spending enough time with your family, make it right! If you are not reaching people with the Gospel, make it right! If you are not reading your bible daily, make it right! If you are not praying daily and regularly, make it right! Are you hanging out with the wrong crowd? Make it right!
In the book of Numbers chapter 13 and verses 26-33 we see two types of people. In the persons of Joshua and Caleb we see FEARLESS people and in the people of Israel and the other ten spies we see FEARFUL people. This is Joshua and Caleb’s response after the exploration, “We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it.” and the people respond in this way, “We can’t attack those people, they are stronger than we are..we seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes and we looked the same to them.”
In 2012 and beyond would you like to be living inside the land of God’s promises or outside? If your answer is inside then you must be fearless. Only fearless people experience the blessings of God. Only fearless people live in the land of God and enjoy its fruits. Only fearless people survive. What kind of person are you, fearful or fearless? Today, you can choose to be fearless!