We have a service on Wednesday mornings at Journey called Vintage Church. We sing hymns and study the Bible. This week we read this passage.
9One night the Lord spoke to Paul in a vision: “Do not be afraid; keep on speaking, do not be silent. 10For I am with you, and no one is going to attack and harm you, because I have many people in this city.” 11So Paul stayed for a year and a half, teaching them the word of God.
The Lord had to encourage Paul to not be afraid because he (Paul) was being threatened at almost every town on his missionary journey.
It’s not a sin to be afraid. In his letter to the Christians in Corinth Paul admits that he dealt with fear.
“I came to you in weakness and fear, and with much trembling.”
~I Corinthians 2:3
Do you ever feel like–because you’re a Christian–you can’t admit that you’re afraid? Do you ever feel like you have to wear a “I’m-never-afraid-because-I’m-a-Christian” mask?
Clowns have always made me uncomfortable. I think it’s because you don’t know what the person behind the paint is really thinking. Do they like you? Are they really happy? Do they like themselves?
Acting takes a lot of work. There’s something liberating about taking off the mask and finally getting real. That’s been one of the unforeseen blessings of my marriage. My wife knows me—the real me—and still she loves me. It’s wonderful to be loved for who you really are. Even if who you really are is a clown. 🙂
In his admission to the Christians in Corinth Paul is getting real…taking off the mask, because authentic faith wears no mask.