Do Not Be Afraid
What are you afraid of? Me, I am deathly afraid of spiders. If I see a spider, I will run out of the room screaming like a baby with my hands flailing in the air. Then I yell for my wife to protect me from that eight-legged creature of death. But what about you; what are you afraid of? Failure? Death? Happiness? Love? What is it that makes you afraid? How about sharing the good news of Jesus with others? How does that make you feel?
This past Sunday we celebrated Easter, the greatest day of the year, the day that Jesus defeated death and rose from the grave, the day He was resurrected. In Matthew’s Gospel, the first command Jesus gives to the people who saw Him after His resurrection is: “Do not be afraid” (Matthew 28:10). Jesus gives this command, because He understands how fear can silence a witness. This fear is present in many of us today and it keeps us from sharing the Good News with others. But I wonder, how can we experience the greatest event in history and not want to tell somebody about it. The resurrection is a fear remover.
Being a witness doesn’t mean that I have to be an expert in theology or know all the answers to tough questions about Christianity. Being a witness is simply knowing that the Gospel is true and that Jesus is real and has changed my life. This is encouraging because most of us think of witnessing as being an expert in the subject of Christianity. But I am reminded that it’s about being a witness to who Jesus is and how he changed my life. All followers of Jesus, we all have a life changing story that we can share. So, in the words of Jesus, “Do not be afraid” to share how Jesus has changed your life.
“Now, Lord…enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness” (Acts 5:29).