The famous American pilot Eddie Rickenbacker once said, “Courage is doing what you’re afraid to do. There can be no courage unless you’re scared.” But, it’s very human to think of courage being the absence of fear. That’s why Rickenbacker’s observation can help us in our Christian lives.
God’s work is not accomplished by might or power (Zechariah 4:6). God’s perfect love will help us cast out our fear (1 John 4:18, 2 Timothy 1:7). The Holy Spirit lives in us, and he helps us to fulfill our commission.
God inspires courage in us, and gives us power to advance his kingdom. God is not simply a resident in our lives, he is the president of our lives! He has marching orders for each of us individually, and all of us collectively. During those times when we feel that we are slipping away from God, we can go to him for help. He will renew our courage and faith. He meets us in Scripture and in prayer as we face life’s challenges. As Jesus’ disciples, we live every moment by faith in the Son of God, who loves us and gave himself for us.
Jesus is King of kings, and Lord of lords. He prepares us for battle. He strengthens and trains us. He builds our endurance. He stands with us in every battle, and he empowers us through to the end. God has work for us to do! That is what the commission to the church is all about. We are to make disciples of Jesus Christ. Everybody has a part in that work. Each part is different, but each part contributes to the commission in its own way.
Please remember our collective needs. We pray that you will continue standing with your church financially, for your contributions are vital. We all need to support our church with our time, talent and treasure. With God on our side, as we stand together in courage, and as we support each other, we can fulfill what God wants us to do! Thanks for accepting your part in the commission God has given to our church!
Author: Joseph W. Tkach