Commands of Christ: 44

Do not fear man, but fear God.

“I tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body but after that can do no more.  I shall show you whom to fear. Be afraid of the one who after killing has the power to cast into hell; yes, I tell you, be afraid of that one.”  Luke 12:4-5

“And do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather, be afraid of the one who can destroy both soul and body in hell.”  Matthew 10:28

People have a tendency to become absorbed by the things of this world.  They desire things of this world.  They fear things of this world.  They are proud of things of this world.  This is a grave mistake.  This world is temporary.  The Kingdom of God is eternal.  The new heavens and new earth which will be fully renewed under God’s uncontested reign are of far more value and importance.  Hence, Jesus commands to desire those eternal things, and here, not to fear temporal death or loss.  As Jim Elliot so eloquently put it before being martyred, “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.”

Therefore we need to seek the Lord and His will.  Live for His purposes and Kingdom.  Fear no opposition or loss.