A life with Christ is never boring. But how often do we let the fear of the unknown or fear of the uncomfortable keep us from what God is calling us toward? Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI said:
The world offers you comfort, but you were not made for comfort, you were made for greatness.
How do we let go of the fear that comes with leaving our comfort zones? How do we come to a place where we can hear what God is calling us toward? Recently on The Joe Sikorra Show, Joe offered encouragement and advice on how to let go of fear so that we can become who God created us to be. Joe said:
“Anxiety is a common experience. It’s very normal to feel uneasy about things. Things that are new, that are different, things that are exciting. You know, life can be scary. What you want to do is recognize that fear is a normal part of life, but you don’t run from it.
Scripture frequently says, ‘Do not be afraid.’ Jesus wouldn’t have to say that if people weren’t afraid. But what He’s saying is, ‘Look to Me for your answers. You’re afraid, but look to Me.’ And I think that’s the first and the most important step to take when you’re afraid and thinking, ‘I don’t want to do this. This is scary.’
Rather than running, how about dropping down to your knees and actually confessing, ‘Lord, this is really overwhelming. I’m not sure I want to do this, but if You walk with me, Lord, if you tell me to walk on the water, I will get out of the boat and walk.’
Matthew chapter 19 is a great example of walking away from a spectacular opportunity because of fear. And you might be looking at something that’s very exciting and an unbelievable opportunity, and you’ve got a choice. Because of that fear you could say, ‘That’s really scary, I don’t like feeling that fear, so I’m going to leave.’ Or you could say, ‘That’s really scary, I don’t like feeling that fear, but I’m going to step into it.’
There’s a great example of that in Matthew chapter 19:
Now someone approached him and said, “Teacher, what good must I do to gain eternal life?” He answered him, “why do you ask me about the good? There is one One who is good. If you wish to enter into life, keep the commandments.”
He asked him, “Which ones?” And Jesus replied, “ ‘You shall not kill; you shall not commit adultery; you shall not steal; you shall not bear false witness; honor your father and your mother’; and ‘you shall love your neighbor as yourself.’”
The young man said to him, “All of these I have observed. What do I still lack?” Jesus said to him, “If you wish to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” When the young man heard this statement, he went away sad, for he had many possessions.
Now imagine that’s you. Guess what? It is you. I’m not saying you have to sell everything you have, but you’ve got to be willing to abandon everything you have and be willing to say, ‘Lord, it means nothing unless I’m following you.’
And the young man walked away, because of fear. Yes, because he had a lot of cool things and he didn’t want to let them go. But I think he asked himself, ‘Who will I be? How will I survive if I don’t have my stuff?’ Yet, here is the God of the universe saying He’ll provide for him, and Jesus looking at him with love.
You’re given the same choice, and it can be a scary choice. Because God is saying, ‘You can trust Me, but you’ve got to get out of the boat.'”
Listen to the full reflection below:
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