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Saturday, March 16, 2013

Grim Reaper No More

Have you ever obeyed God's word to you at a time when all your gut instincts said "no"? What happened as a result of your obedience? (Serendipity Bible 10th Anniversary Edition, page 1121).

Let me begin by considering everyday chores. Now and then I come across a job assignment that is more difficult than the typical assignment. Inevitably, some fear, anxiety, and foreboding accompany such tasks. Yet, when I accept the assignment with determination and a "can-do" attitude, it never fails that upon completion of the task my sense of self-worth and confirmation of competence increases.

Likewise, God has given me assignments that have threatened life itself. My gut instincts signaled danger and sometimes my body trembled in fear. But when I have put the disciplines of love ahead of fear, I've always been confirmed in the faith and more willing the next time to do God's will. If one is afraid of death above all else, then he cannot serve the eternal God nor reap the joys even now of participating in everlasting life. To be much use to God, we must in the last analysis let love drive out fear—even fear of death itself.

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