Luke 12:4-7 (NRSV)
By John Grimm
We face challenging times when we publicly say that Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior. People will not treat us well. As Jesus was slain for opposing the religious establishment, those of us who follow Jesus will face mistreatment, character assassination, and even actual death. What our Master has faced, we will face. Let no one deceive us: Being a disciple of Jesus Christ is the hardest way of living in this world.
That is why we are afraid to speak about Jesus when we are around those who do not know the compassion of Jesus Christ. We allow our fear to control our tongues, instead of trusting the Holy Spirit of Christ to guide our tongues.
Life is precious. We want to keep our lives. However, it is precious only because Jesus Christ has given us our very existence, even dare we say, new lives!
The Lord knows who we are. The Lord knows we are believers in Jesus Christ. He does not forget us, just as he does not forget five sparrows sold for two pennies. We are more valuable than sparrows. God in Christ helps us to not fear.
The one who could cast us into hell cares for us! It is time for us to fear him!
God, we have not spoken about or lived our faith like Jesus Christ lived. We are afraid. Heal our unbelief. In the name of Jesus Christ, loose in us your Holy Spirit so we may overflow with glad tidings of your grace and compassion; this we pray, Amen.