There are things in all of our lives that we would rather not deal with. We procrastinate or even outright ignore them in hopes they might somehow just disappear. Confronting difficult circumstances or individuals is uncomfortable and quite messy. Yet if we are to be able to fully manifest Christ to others, we need to get rid of what’s poisoning our own hearts. Resentment, anger, guilt, whatever your issues might be, these all hinder us from living a life that looks like Christ. This isn’t a 12 step program in a blog; the answers to the issues you face are as unique as the issues themselves. There is, however, a common thread that weaves through any challenge we face: We cannot be rid of a problem until we confront it. Avoiding an issue only makes it bigger and its hold on us stronger. Facing the issue breaks that hold and causes it to wilt before our very eyes.
The good news is that dealing with our so-called demons is almost always less painful than what we imagine. For some reason we have been conditioned to always expect the worst possible result of confronting our fears. Yes, I believe the dreaded F-word (‘fear’, for those who missed it!) is at the heart of all our struggles. We put up with trials in our life because it’s simply easier than the alternative. We allow friendships to die over some old argument because it’s easier than calling that person and talking about what has come between you. We stay at a job we hate because it’s easier and safer than going to look for another. Worst of all, we don’t tell someone about Christ because it’s much more comfortable to let someone else do it.
It all comes down to fear. Fear poisons our hearts and prevents us from living in the power of Christ. Fear cannot stand under the scrutiny of love. What are you harboring inside? What’s poisoning you? What are you afraid of? Have you forgotten that we serve the most powerful being in the universe? Is having a difficult conversation beyond His power? Is looking for a new job something He would not understand? Is risking ridicule to tell someone about the love of Christ too great for the creator of love to overcome? It’s foolish when we take the time to step back and examine our fears; our fear becomes incredibly irrational in the light of His love and power.
Dare we face our fears? Dare we rely on Jesus to provide the strength we need? Is your faith big enough to believe that His power is sufficient to overcome any fear you may have? We need to stop letting the poison of fear fill our veins. It’s time to stop ignoring the issues, start confronting the fears and letting the power of Christ flow through us to reach those in need. There is no room for fear in a heart filled with love. Confront your fear today, but do so in His power. Talk to that person, take that step, and risk your comfort. Christ did all this for us; our obligation is to respond in kind.