- Identify what you’re afraid of. It may be obvious to you at first--a big presentation at work or a difficult conversation at home. Or it may be more subtle--it’s not a fear about the presentation itself, it’s a fear about not being qualified for the job; it’s not a fear about the difficult conversation, but the state of the relationship.
- Spend some quiet time with God just talking to him about this fear. Ask God to help you take a step toward him. To figure out what that step might be, ask yourself: what would I do with this fear if I was completely confident that God was with me?
What am I afraid of? That’s what we’re asking ourselves in Week 6 of Follow, our summer message series. We said that following Jesus does not lead to a pain-free life, but it does lead to a faith that overwhelms fear. Reaching that place where our faith is so great that it overwhelms and overshadows our fear is a lifelong journey, but here are some ways you can move forward this week:
We’re in week 5 of our summer message series, Follow, which is all about the invitation to follow Jesus. (Missed the previous weeks? It’s not too late! Catch up by watching the message videos online.) This week we looked at a tension that all followers of Jesus experience at some point: the tension between God’s agenda and our agenda, the tension between what God wants and what we want. Maybe you’re experiencing this tension in a situation or relationship right now: your conscience is telling you to do something, but you don’t want to do it; God’s Word is inviting you to change a habit, but you want to hold onto it; a trusted friend is trying to help you with something, but you want nothing to do with it. It might sound scary to experience this tension, but it’s in this tension that you learn so much about yourself and have an incredible chance to grow your faith. Because when you experience this tension, you have a choice: you can follow your will--or--you can follow God’s will. Followers of Jesus choose to follow God’s will even when it’s at odds with their own will, wants, and desires. This is deeply challenging and ultimately requires surrendering control and surrendering to God. Spend some time today talking to God about how this message challenges you. Try praying with this song: Control
Oh how You love me
Somehow that frees me
To open my hands up
And give You control
-“Control” by Tenth Avenue North
It’s August (wow!) and that means we’re halfway through our summer message series, Follow. This past weekend, in week 4 of the series, we looked at the question: what do followers of Jesus wear?--not in terms of their clothing or physical appearance, but in terms of what they “put on,” how they treat others and what qualities form their identity. St. Paul tells us that followers of Jesus clothe themselves in “heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience” (Colossians 3:12). What does each of these virtues really mean?