Wednesday 1 August, 2018

Matthew 10:26-36

26 “So do not be afraid of them, for there is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known. 27 What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the roofs. 28 Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell. 29 Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. 30 And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows. 32 “Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven. 33 But whoever disowns me before others, I will disown before my Father in heaven. 34 “Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35 For I have come to turn “‘a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law— 36 a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.’

Jesus didn’t hold back when He needed to. Far out! What’s hard for me to grasp is what he says in verses 28-31. He says, “be afraid of God because He’s in charge of your eternal destiny, but don’t be afraid of God, because He cares for you.” How does that make any sense!?!?

Looking closer, I hear Jesus calling me to have God the Father in right perspective. He’s the God who is in charge of my eternity, I must never let any human threat get in the way of that! But He’s also the God who loves me “more than many sparrows”, which he cares so intimately about such that he knows when each one “falls to the ground”!

With right awareness of who God is, I can speak freely “in the daylight”, acknowledging Jesus before anyone and everyone!

Written by Ps. Rob Waugh

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