Putting Cowardice to Death
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I have a confession.
I got off of work a little early yesterday and had remembered that I stored a bunch of gospel tracts in my glovebox. I suddenly felt this excitement to pick them up and hand them out to strangers. I walked to my car, grabbed them, and started searching for a spot to stand. I was totally going to be one of those people who stand and hand out pamphlets, and I was kinda excited about it.
However, I was immediately met with a huge wave of fear, followed by a sense of shame for feeling fear at all. I walked from street corner to street corner, judging where the foot traffic might be highest, but not having the courage to actually park myself anywhere. Why couldn’t I muster the courage to stand there and hold out a piece of paper?
After a while I began to walk back to my car—I had given up. I clutched the tracts and wondered what was wrong with me. If I were to truly love my neighbor as myself, why would I not put out my hand to share the gospel with them? The gospel was, quite literally, in my hand!
Now that you’ve heard my confession, would you do me a favor? Would you pray for me? Specifically, that God would increase the love for people in my heart.
Once I had made it back to my car, I noticed a dirty silver sedan parked next to me. I tucked one of the tracts under its windshield wiper and drove home. Even though that single tract was more than I had evangelized all week, I don’t think it granted me any allowance to then go home and think of myself as accomplished.
I don’t say these things just to beat myself up. I say them because they’re true; yesterday I was a coward, and cowardice is a sin. I thank God, however, for the opportunity I was given to evangelize. I thank God for teaching me through yesterday’s experience that I still have a lot of work to do, and that the fight isn’t over.
Pray that I, by the Holy Spirit, would put to death the fear of people—or “fear of man” as its also called. If you would do that for me, I would be so grateful. If you find yourself struggling with the fear of man as well, don’t hesitate to join me in putting it to death.
If you have truly been born again, then the Holy Spirit is within you. The same Holy Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead is in you (Romans 8:11). This means that we have all we need to put sin to death in our lives. We can kill sin by the Spirit.
For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. —Romans 8:13 (ESV)
We who have been born again are given the strength we need, through our Comforter, to kill sin. We have been enabled to fight back fear with love, because we know that “perfect love casts out fear” (1 John 4:18).
Be encouraged today by this truth.
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us. —Romans 8:18 (LSB)
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