In the last few weeks, we started to think about our fears. If we are going to conquer our fears, we must begin thinking about where our focus is.
Growing up I helped my dad work on our car and often I had the job of holding the flashlight. Sometimes I thought holding the flashlight was a lame job but looking back my job was extremely important. I had to shine the light at just the right spot so that my dad could see and focus. When I stopped paying attention to where the light was shining my dad made sure I knew and called me back into focus.
Often our focus becomes caught up on our temporary state here on earth when God calls us to have our focus on eternal things. Thinking about this topic Peter has this to say, “Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world to abstain from sinful desires which war against your soul” (1 Peter 2:11). Notice that Peter calls us aliens and strangers. We are a people living in a land that is not our own. And he is not telling them they are aliens and strangers because they are out of Jerusalem, rather because they are out of heaven. As Christians, heaven is our home. This earth is the waiting room in preparation to see the king in heaven where we will live for all eternity.
This helps me to fight fear because at the end of the day I have nothing to lose. What can be taken from me? My money? My house? My family? My life? Paul says to live is Christ and to die is gain (Philippians 1:21). Everything I have is a gift from God that he owns, I am just a steward of what he has given. Anything I lose for following Christ is to my gain. I know that God is in control, He is good and has my best interest in mind. I can trust him.
Perhaps our fear is because we have been focusing on the wrong place. As you go throughout this life as an alien and stranger turn your eyes upon the eternal blessings that are to come. Lift your eyes to Jesus. As a follower of Jesus, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain.
In Christ, Pastor Michael Covey
“I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ.” – Philippians 3:8
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