10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
It's Just the Fear
This passage is familiar if you've ever read the telling of the birth of Christ in the book of Luke....or if you've ever watched the Charlie Brown Christmas Special. But this is the verse that came to me yesterday.
I was watching my son participate in youth service yesterday at church and uncharacteristically of him, he got nervous during one of the presentations. He powered through. Didn't quit, but he melted into tears when it was over. When I finally got to him, he told me "Mom, I'm fine. It's just the fear. "
Here is where we can physically as well as spiritually apply the 'press' that Paul talked about. Press through the fear, the pain, the reluctance to do that which God has given to you, to me to do. Reward, growth, obedience, assignment, satisfaction and so many other wonderful things are just on the other side. The angel said they brought good tidings of great joy, so we had nothing to fear. So, when fear comes, press on.
And after all, it's just fear.
12 Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.
13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
15 Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you.
16 Nevertheless, whereto we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing.
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