Friday, January 18, 2008

Don't Be Afraid

"I did not come to bring peace but a sword." Jesus in Matthew 10:31
"Don't be afraid. You are worth more than many sparrows." Jesus in Matthew 10:34

Yeah, I know I changed the order of the verses but I find it interesting that these two statements are so close to each other. They are part of a larger passage where Jesus warns his disciples of all the horrid, painful and scary things they were going to encounter.
  • You will be arrested and beaten.
  • You will face antagonistic politicians.
  • Your parents, siblings, children will turn against you and try to kill you.
  • You will be hated by everyone.
  • You will have to keep running from these enemies.
  • You will be called Satan.

It's a formidable list but "...don't be afraid of these things. I see the sparrows fall and you are worth more than many sparrows." I find that comforting because if I don't need to be afraid of these things, I surely don't need to be afraid of the lesser consequences of doing what God calls me to.

Thank you God for the promise of your protection and love.

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