Encouragement for your daily walk with God
Could you use a little more courage right now? I know I can. I think it is something all Christ followers need from time to time. You need it when making difficult life choices. You especially need it when you feel butterflies in your stomach about speaking out for the Lord.
The disciples must have been like that too. On many occasions we find the Lord telling them to, “Fear not!” It’s a message all Christ followers need because we are just like them. Oh, I know we often think of the disciples as “saints,” but before they appeared on stained-glass windows, they were next door neighbors. They were guys eking out a living, mostly by hard work as fishermen. They weren’t raised on supernatural milk. They weren’t graduates of the finest seminaries. They were men [humans] like you and me. It seems they just had an ounce more devotion to Christ than their fears, resulting in their doing extraordinary things!
Devotion is love, loyalty, or enthusiasm for a person, activity, or cause. When our devotion to Christ supersedes our fears—if only by an ounce—we, too, will do extraordinary things for Him.
For I, the LORD your God, will hold your right hand, saying to you, “Fear not, I will help you.” Isaiah 41:13