Fear Not?

January 6, 2014

And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people”

This verse has been stuck in my brain since I heard it read at Christmas Mass. I have been stewing on it silently. It struck me on Christmas because I realized I am afraid often.

Not in the sense where I am consciously aware of it, but when I sit back and look at my mentality towards life I tend to fear many things. Often my fears are irrational and easily downplayed, but they still weigh heavily on my being.

As we walked back from Christmas mass I told Waylon that I wanted to be free of my fear. I do not want fear to take control of my life in such a way that it determines if I can hear and see the Holy Spirit move.

As I have been reflecting on these thoughts I have wondered how to counteract this fear I often carry around.

The fear of not being financially secure.

The fear of worthlessness.

The fear of a lack of conviction.

The fear of comfortability.

The fear of long term discontentment.

The fear of failure as a wife and mom.

Coming into the New Year reminds me of resolutions. How can I practically give up my fears? What does this look like for me?

This morning I had a moment of clarity. I was re reading Luke 2:10 and realized that there is more to the verse then “fear not”. As I continued to read on I was reminded of 1 John 1. The angels were declaring the Good News. The news that was going to be life transforming, and as I flipped to 1 John, a letter written after Jesus’ death. I observed that that Good News was a reality for the church.

1 John 1:1-2
“That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we looked upon and have touched with our hands, concerning the word of life- the life was made manifest, and we have seen it, and testify to it and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was made manifest to us”

The reality of this faith is that it is real. It is tangible. If we claim to call ourselves followers of Christ than we must own our own redemption.

We replace our fear with the experience of the Gospel.

As the Johannine community writes about their living experience with the death and resurrection of Christ, so must we, as Christians today.

My fears are very real in one sense. If I give power to what I am afraid of I will lose sight of my own redemption within Christ.

If I choose to allow my fear to dominate my life I am choosing to deny the power of the cross and the resurrection three days later.

So, I have come to the conclusion that my fear comes with a choice. I can choose to give power to my fear or to let the power of the cross defeat it.

I wonder what 2014 will be like for myself, and for others around me if I choose redemption instead of fear.

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