I feel like I haven’t written a blog post in forever, but it’s really only been two weeks, two very busy weeks. Anyways, today I wanted to talk about a word that I love: FEARLESS. But before I can talk about that, we need to look at the word FEAR. So, a fear is an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain, or a threat. Fears can be tangible or intangible. Different fears hit us at different points in our lives. Sometimes I fear failure. Inadequacy. Loneliness. Rejection. Not fitting in. The future. Being in pain. Or not being understood. I don’t really have any tangible fears. I mean, I don’t like spiders or snakes or anything like that, but I wouldn’t say I’m super afraid of them. But those intangible ones are the ones that hinder us the most in living out God’s calling for our lives. What intangible fears do you have?
Yesterday, I went on a spur-of-the-moment trip to Charlottesville with my best friend Shelby to see the Rock & Worship Roadshow Tour. Before the 4 hour concert, we went to Panera and had a wonderful dinner outside by a fountain, then went in a little boutique. At Passion, I had heard of Giving Keys, and I thought they were pretty cool. The whole point is you buy a key with a word you need to hear, and you wear it until you find someone that needs to hear that word more than you do, and you give it to them. So, they just so happened to have them in that shop yesterday, and I looked through every single one until I found the perfect one for this season in my life: FEARLESS.
FEARLESS: living free from fear; bold or brave; not letting one’s fears win.
It’s natural to fear things of this world and that’s completely okay. But it’s what we do with those fears that is important. Do you turn them over to God and let him take control even when you don’t know where he’s going to take you or do you hold tight to things that you can see?
Fearless is not the absence of fears, but not letting our fears hinder our God-given purpose. Taylor Swift actually said, “Fearless is having fears. Fearless is having doubts. Lots of them. To me, fearless is living in spite of those things that scare you to death.” For example, God has called me into ministry and missions, and it’s scary to think about the future and not knowing where he’s going to place me in this world, but because I have surrendered everything to him and given him control of my life, I can fearlessly pursue him because that’s all that matters. I don’t have to fear sickness, danger, or death because I know who holds my future. I don’t have to fear not having lots of friends in this world because I can be best friends with Jesus. I don’t have to fear failure because all of us have already failed and we’re going to keep doing it, BUT Jesus already wiped our failures away. I don’t have to fear not being understood because God understands every thought and feeling I have. Fearless is living a life passionately pursuing our Heavenly Father. It’s sharing the gospel with someone even if you get tongue-tied. It’s volunteering to pray even if you aren’t “good” at it. It’s giving up your life for the sake of leading others to Christ. Fearless is doing what God has called us to do regardless of the fears we have inside of us.
The thing is, “God has NOT given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.” That is straight out of 2 Timothy 1:7. He has given us power to live an abundant life, not without fear, but IN SPITE of our fear. Because when we have the God who conquered death for eternity in our hearts, what do we have to fear?! We, myself included, need to stop fearing what other people think of us and live a set apart life for Jesus. We have been called to be different. God has called us to be fearless.
Will you pray with me?
Father, you know all of our fears. You know what keeps us up at night and the things that constantly worry us throughout the day. But in you, we can find freedom from our fears. Please help us to place our fears in your hands. We understand that you might not take all of them away, but you will use us in spite of our fears. Help us to learn what it means to live fearlessly for you. In Jesus name, Amen.