Are We Really Safe?
Jesus says “A disciple is not above the teacher, nor a slave above the master.” There are so many people and things like natural calamities and grave problems that we fear from, but we are taught by Jesus that we shouldn’t be afraid of them, for they can never be greater than our creator. Jesus also teaches us in Matthew 10:25, “it is enough for the disciple to be like the teacher, and the slave like the master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebul, how much more will they malign those of his household!” It means the people and things that we fear of are all under God‘s jurisdiction. For criminals can kill the body, but only the Lord can destroy both the body and soul in hell! With natural calamities, likewise, if Jesus has shown us how He has control over nature as He calmed the stormy sea that night the apostles were afraid on the boat with Him. All He did was command the sea to stop, and the sea was instantly silent. He even walked on the sea and defied gravity! Jesus wants us to trust him and not be afraid to follow His ways. Do not mind those who speak ill of you behind your back. They are harmless. What matters most is how you matter to God. Jesus says in Matthew 10:32-33, “Everyone therefore who acknowledges me before others, I also will acknowledge before my Father in heaven; but whoever denies me before others, I also will deny before my Father in heaven.” With this message, Jesus wants us to recognize Him. By acknowledging Him before others, He wants us to be more concerned of living the faith, rather than being affected by how people would think or how we gain acceptance or recognition in this world, or how scared we are. He assures us that as long as we do our job, all the rest will be irrelevant. Having faith in God means for us to trust in His capacity to protect us from any incident or situation that we might not handle. We shouldn’t be worrying about anything if we know that God is on our side.
We shouldn’t aspire for things of this world but we should aspire to be with the Father in our next life, which is the real life, life everlasting. Do not be so preoccupied with providing a comfortable life for yourself, and giving too much value of what you have or what you don’t have in this life. Go out and live your faith within your capacity, for God is with you! So what if we are being threatened and killed? The important thing is how you treat others in this life. If you do get killed, you’ll get your reward in heaven anyway since our reward is not of this world. It’s not your loss, and it’s not your call to judge the aggressor either, for he might repent eventually and be forgiven. Let God worry about justice. So do not be afraid of anything or anyone. Be afraid of losing God’s grace. That’s what’s important. Believe that God is enough, and He will enable you to make it through whatever life throws your way.
“Our safe place is not where we live. It’s in whom we live” – Tom White
Let us always remember that the Lord is our foundation.