Let’s face it… Fear sucks.
Reading through the Resurrection accounts in all four Gospels, we are left with a prevailing theme for both the women at the tomb and the disciples locked away in the upper room; fear. Whether they were staring at an empty tomb or faced with the assignment to spread the word of what had happened, the women were afraid. The men were locked in the upper room afraid of the Jewish leaders. The impossible had happened and those that should react with the most joy were instead paralyzed with fear.
I think fear is an emotion that continues to inhibit us in many ways in our lives. How many times have you allowed fear to stop you from doing what needed done? How many times have you allowed fear to stop you from making a decision? Why do we let fear have so much power over us? I believe these questions are things that we need to think about personally and in the life of the church.
Fear stops us from living out our God given calling. If the women remained filled with fear would the news have spread as it did? If the disciples remained locked in the upper room would that have changed the direction of the early church? What things have been delayed or stopped that would benefit the Kingdom of God because of our fear?
The cure to fear? Maybe it is as simple as saying yes to God. I think the church for too long has allowed fear of failure, loss, and even success to stand in the way. “Do not be afraid”, were the words spoken to the women. “Peace be with you”, were the words spoken by Jesus to the disciples. These words beg for a response of “YES!”
“Yes Lord, we will not be afraid and we will receive the peace you offer”. If we lived our lives with that mindset what could we accomplish in the name of Jesus Christ? If we lived out our personal lives with those words, how healthy would our relationships be?
Yes…fear sucks…but fear does not get the last word. God does.