Fear or Faith

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living

For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it.
(Matthew 16:25 (NIV))

This is difficult for many people to grasp the meaning of. It probably ranks right up there with the old saying, “If you love something, set it free.” Perhaps it is even the same principle that applies to both.

Think about this. If we love something to the point that we cling to it, then do we truly love it? When we cling to something, it is because we are afraid of losing it. Are you afraid of losing your life? Were you ever afraid of losing a special girlfriend or boyfriend? This isn’t love. It is a desire to be in control. We long to keep something around us because we are afraid of what our circumstances would be like without it.

The biggest evidence of this is how we treat our lives. We say that we love Jesus and that we trust Him as our Lord and Savior, but how many of us would cower in fear if we thought that we could lose our lives? Which do we love more, Jesus and the uncertainty that faith requires us to overcome, or our lives which are tangible in our eyes?

We must learn to look at everything from God’s perspective and not from our fear. Fear can cause tremendous loss. It can keep us from giving our lives to Jesus. It can keep us from letting God take control because we want to be in control.

It is a simple matter of fear or faith. Which do you want to live by?

Copyright 1998 – 2012 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
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