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Fearfulness, Foolishness or Faithfulness. Which one are you choosing? With all of the changes in our lives and society these days, each of us is reacting in one of those three ways, or some mixture of them. Which one should we choose?
Fear says stay home, don’t do anything. The worst is going to happen. Yet Jesus says, “Fear not, for I am with you”. The Bible has the phrase, “fear not” over 350 times. Giving into fear means that you think something is more powerful than God or that God doesn’t care about you and your needs.
The other extreme is foolishness. Nothing is going to hurt me. My choices have no consequences. I will simply do as I please without thinking of anyone else. That’s not the way to go either. Jesus also said, “I am sending you out as sheep among wolves, therefore be as wise as snakes and as innocent as doves” Matthew 10:16. He calls for wisdom in dealing with the world. Another example is when Jesus said to count the cost. “For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it?” Use wisdom when dealing with the world.
Not fearfulness, not foolishness, but faithfulness is the way to go. Faithfulness recognizes the danger and challenges and also recognizes that God is greater than either. Faithfulness takes this world seriously and also takes God and His promises seriously. Indeed faithfulness is one of the fruits brought by the Holy Spirit (Gal. 5:22).Faithfulness is what our church needs now. Most churches have been hit hard by Covid and the reactions to it. Apostles Lutheran Church is no exception. In spite of the fears and the foolishness we seem to find everywhere, God is faithful. As Apostles moves into the future we depend on the faithfulness of God to see us through. Because Jesus is faithful, we can be faithful. Faithful to God, to each other, and faithful to our congregation. Fearfulness, Foolishness, or Faithfulness, which one are you choosing?