Who Do You Fear?

This is a very basic question but one that so many of us have to answer wrong when we compare our answer to what the Bible has to say. I would dare say that most of us would say that when we are going to be talking to someone about Jesus or we feel lead to witness to someone, we let the fear of man stop us.

The Fear of the LordMatthew 10 opens with Jesus selecting the twelve men who he wanted to be his disciples. Once He selected them, He gave them their instructions on what He wanted them to do. Beginning in verse 16, Jesus assures them that persecution will come…

Matthew 10:17-18:

Beware of men, for they will deliver you over to courts and flog you in their synagogues, and you will be dragged before governors and kings for my sake, to bear witness before them and the Gentiles.

As soon as Jesus finishes warning them about suffering persecution for His sake, He hits them with these verses…

Matthew 10:28-31

And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear HIM who can destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.

All men can do is kill the body, and, if that happens, we will forever be with the Lord in heaven. But God is the one who can destroy both body and soul and send us to hell. Rest assured that God will never condemn one of His own children (Romans 8:1).

He continues…

Matthew 10:32-33

So everyone who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven, but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven.

Warren Wiersbe says to acknowledge Him means more than to make a statement with the lips. It also means to back up that statement with your life. It is one thing to say “Jesus Christ is Lord,” and quite another thing to surrender to Him and obey His will. The walk and the talk must go together.

So, who do you fear more? Man or God? If our fear for God is more than our fear of man, we will obey the commands of the Lord!

“The person who fears God alone need never fear any man or group of men. The fear of God is the fear that cancels fear.” – Warren Wiersbe

The Disciples Marveled

Over the past few days I have been reading and thinking about Jesus’ “Sermon on the Mount” in Matthew 5-7. What a incredible treasure trove of instructions.

Stormy SeaBut, one of the things that I found most interesting did not come until Matthew 8. The story begins in verse 23 with Jesus entering a ship that was heading out to sea. While out to sea a great storm arose. The Bible tells us that the storm was so bad that the ship was covered with the waves. His disciples panicked!

The story continues with the disciples waking Jesus up saying, “Lord, save us: we perish.”

Jesus questioned the faith of his disciples and then rebuked the wind and the sea. Immediate calm ensued.

Here is what amazed me – the response from the disciples. Verse 27 says,

But the men marveled, saying, What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him!

These are the same men, his disciples, that have given up everything to follow him. These are the same men who have been walking, talking & ministering with Jesus on a daily basis. These are the men who knew Jesus probably better than any other group of people. These men, a few verses before, had just witnessed a centurion’s servant healed, followed by Peter’s mother-in-law being healed of a fever.

These are the men that marveled at Jesus!

When was the last time you marveled at Jesus? When was the last time you were filled with wonder or astonishment over Jesus? You may have just received him as your Savior or you may have known him for years, but when was the last time you just were amazed by our great God?

I am not asking you when the last time you went to church or sang a praise and worship song. I am not asking you when was the last time you volunteered in your church. What I am asking you is this – when was the last time you were so overwhelmed by who God is that it made you stand in awe at who HE really is?

Who is HE? He is the God-Man that even the wind and the sea obey Him!