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Posted on August 09, 2010

You may remember that in December 2008 I wrote about my reaction to Philippians 2, no probably not, it’s here.


A couple of days ago, while I was thinking through another passage of scripture, the Lord directed me to Matthew 24. I had another, “you have to be kidding…” moment. Does that ever happen to you when you read the Bible?


You know the passage. Christ is talking to His disciples about the end times. In the midst of the conversation He tells them not to be afraid of:

  • Wars
  • Rumors of Wars
  • Famines
  • Tribulation
  • Being Killed
  • Being hated by all nations


Now I don’t know about you but I will have to admit some of those things do give me pause, if not downright frighten me. If I am to be honest, these are not things for which you will find me standing in line. It would be fair to say avoidance would by my reaction. But here we are told, no commanded, not to fear them. What?


That runs counter to everything in my being. This morning some light shone on this. The phrase, “if you love your life you will lose it,” or something close shows up six times in the Gospels (Matthew 10:39; 16:25; Luke 9:24; 17:33; John 12:25). The thought occurred to me that as a believer, I am to view the ministry of reconciliation, that is, the command to make disciples, as more important than my life. In light of this the fear is gone… What do you think?

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