April 11, 2014 21 Comments
Sometimes I feel like a monster.
Not when I lose my temper. When that happens, I’m just being a typical fallen human – my old fleshly self.
But sometimes I feel like a monster from Monstropolis. You know, the ones from Monsters Inc. who are afraid of children.
Sounds silly, doesn’t it?
But we’re not much brighter. We fear man.
We clamor for man’s approval and stop at nothing to gain the respect of the masses.
And if we’re honest with ourselves, on our worst days, we’d rather be judged by God than by our bosses.
This is the wrong way of living. Jesus is very clear in Matthew 10:28: “Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both body and soul in hell.”
We’re so anxious to please others and remain certain not to offend ignorant people with the Gospel, but we’d much rather offend the One who commanded us to do just that!
Think about it. There are plenty of reasons why we don’t witness the way we ought. Laziness and carelessness may be at the top of the list, but fear is most certainly right up there.
Why won’t you witness to your boss? Because you’re afraid of getting fired.
Why won’t you witness to your neighbor? Because you’re afraid of making future front yard conversations terse and awkward.
Remember. These people who do not know the Gospel are as harmless as a child in Monstropolis. You have the Holy Spirit fighting with you, and enabling you to carry on the task.
Easter’s coming up. Invite someone to church. Just a simple, harmless invitation.
After all, who doesn’t like an invitation somewhere, right?
And don’t loose sight of who the real enemy is: “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” (Ephesians 6:12).
Don’t be like the monsters who are scared of little children. Know who your real enemy is and realize the potential – through Christ – they’re keeping you from.