My boys have no concept of danger. No one has told them that certain things that they might want to do might be impossible for them. No one has told them that the risk is too great. They have no idea what fear is. Obstacles mean nothing to them. They both look at a toy, or some other object and in their mind, and set a goal. They want to acquire that object, usually the remote control or my cell phone. They both go for it. There are no pie charts, there are no graphs or some Powerpoint presentation that calculates the risk. Both boys will push themselves to whatever limit is necessary for them to get what they want. It doesn’t matter if they fall down, bump their head, or have obstacles in their path. They see what they want and they go after it no matter what it takes.
We should be as bold. Crippling fear has no place in the life of a disciple. What is it about living the life that Christ has called us to live that makes us over complicate what he says?
Fear cripples progress. We fail to achieve what God wants to use us to accomplish because we listen to people who tell us that it is impossible or that it doesn’t make sense. We are not to listen to the wisdom of man but to focus intently on God.
God has not given us a spirit of fear. If we trust God to lead us in some areas of our life, why not trust him with all of our life? It is time for us to give up control and give it all over to God. It is time for us to risk looking stupid and foolish. Risk being called names. Risk making mistakes. Risk it all for the sake of the Gospel.
God, Give us the boldness and confidence to follow you in complete obedience. Help us to risk being called names and looking stupid because following you and treasuring you is more important. Help us to never be too comfortable, but to risk it all for the sake of the gospel. Amen.
Jimmy Proulx is pastor of FaithPoint Community Church. He planted FaithPoint in 2011 in Warner Robins, GA. He has been married for thirteen years to his wonderful wife, Kristi. They have two awesome boys, Bryson, 5, and Luke, 3. They live in Byron, GA. Jimmy loves books and coffee—not in any specific order! Follow him on Twitter at @jimmyproulx.