SUCCEEDING IN CHRIST BY A WILLINGNESS TO CHANGE – PT. 1
Most Christians are usually pretty timid when it comes to real change. Our enemy, Satan, wants Christians to remain timid. In the face of the victory the enemy is having in our homes, our jobs, our times of enjoyment, etc., it is critical that Christians regain the spiritual backbone that seemed to exist just a few decades ago. Remember that if we, as Christians, remain timid, God’s testimony is at stake (see John 13:34-35).
“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” (II Timothy 1:7).
In a lot of cases it is fear that keeps a Christian from change. Fear of what people might think of us. Fear of what God might want of us. Fear of losing our favorite pastime, fear, fear, fear. But God has not given to us a “spirit of fear…” So let’s consider some ways in which we might help others and thereby help ourselves:
- When attempting to help others overcome their fear we should remember that we too have insecurities….just like they do. They might look confident but to a great extent it is a façade. In order to help them the Christian must let love and concern for others overcome self-consciousness. They are just as scared about life as we are.
- Fear often comes from fear of failure in our leadership as Christians. And yet, failure can teach us great lessons for the future. If we never fail we have never attempted to live for Christ in a way pleasing to Him. To help others we must recognize fear as a good learning tool to help us develop empathy, true power to lead with love and understanding and even firmness when needed.