What if I told you that every day should be a little terrifying. What if I told you that if you aren’t walking through your life of faith a little nervous then you aren’t living at all. The problem with both of those statements is that they make us UNCOMFORTABLE. Something that most people in the western community of faith don’t like to hear. I mean we want to be comfortable in our chairs, we want to be comfortable with our coffee, we want to be comfortable in our groups, we just plain want to be comfortable.
Well when my family and I felt that God was leading us to start a church in Colorado we all came up with our own word, “Terricited”. Because every day we were terrified and we were excited at the same time. We were terrified that we were to move back to Colorado a place where I grew up and not as a follower of Jesus. (Dealing with your Past) But excited to be able to share with those same people about how my life has been drastically changed because of Jesus. We were terrified that we didn’t have a place to live and we were struggling to find a place. But we were excited about getting a place that would be a home base for raising our kids as the graduated from high school. We were terrified because I had never been the lead pastor of a church, but I was excited because I had never been the lead pastor of a church. In the New Testament you can read:
Mark 10:32a (NLT) 32 They were now on the way up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was walking ahead of them. The disciples were filled with awe, and the people following behind were overwhelmed with fear.
The people that were walking with Jesus the son of God in flesh, were in awe of what was going on were also overwhelmed with fear. What does that mean? They were “terricited”! So let me ask you this, where in your life are you terricited? Where are you experiencing the awe of Jesus and the overwhelming fear where you need to see him show up? Where are you terricited? Because honestly I think that more and more of us need to be less comfortable and more terricited. Let’s take some time this week to start getting a little TERRICITED.
“Come on don’t be scared it isn’t that bad!” How many times have you heard someone say that to someone who is either afraid of heights, or planes, or roller coasters, or snakes (mine). It is always someone who does not have the same fear that you have and they are pushing you to do something that they themselves are excited about doing. But what it the tables were turned and they had to do something that they were afraid of and you weren’t. Would you then become the person that says “Come on don’t be scared it isn’t that bad!”? Well what about now with the way things are going with the finances of the country with the way the housing market is going. Can we look around and see “Come on don’t be scared it isn’t that bad!”.
Well I think that we can and should if we are followers of Christ. I mean I don’t expect us to be stupid and not use the brain that the Lord has given us. I don’t mean that you should go out and just buy things that you don’t need or finances things that are really not in the budget. Oops! That is what got us into this place isn’t it. (That’s another post) But what if? What if you felt that God has called you to do something that was not just a normal thing to do in this moment in time? Like start a church, or go be a missionary, or support an orphan in India, or go into ministry? What then should we do? Be afraid or go and say “Come on don’t be scared it isn’t that bad.” I think that we should “fear not”. Not because we are stupid but because the bible says it my life verse is:
Joshua 1:9 “I command you – be strong and courageous! Don’t be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you where ever you go.”
Erwin McManus wrote this “Your fears establish the limits in your life.” I pray that with all that is going on in this world that the fear does not put you in a place where you are limiting what God can do in you and through you. “FEAR NOT”
What are you most afraid of that might happen this year?
This last month at Northgate Christian Fellowship we have been going through a series on “FEAR: What is gripping you?” Click on the word “FEAR” and be able to hear some of those messages. Check out this poll and let me know what causes you to be afraid.