March 15, 2013

Why Christians need not fear

In Edward R. Dayton's book "Tools for Time Management" (yes, Time Management!):
  • "Life is too short to spend it half-heartedly."
  • "Of all the people in the world, Christians should be the ones with the greatest ability to grow. Our past is forgiven and our future is secure."

God reminds us many times, "Don't be afraid." Many times we need to know why. Here are just some:

1. Jesus says to His followers (John 16:33)
  • "In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world."
2.  From Paul's first letter to the Corinthians (1 Corinthians 3:21-23)
  • "Everything is already yours as a gift --- Paul, Apollos, Peter, the world, life, death, the present, the future --- all of it is yours, and you are privileged to be in union with Christ, who is in union with God." 

3. From John Piper's letter to the people in Jerusalem

What shall we say then? Paul writes to the Corinthians (1 Corinthians 15:58):
  • "With all this going for us, my dear, dear friends, stand your ground. And don’t hold back. Throw yourselves into the work of the Master, confident that nothing you do for him is a waste of time or effort."

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