What Jesus Did! 'Fear Him' — Matthew 10:28-31

Monday, May 8, 2017

"Don't be afraid of people. They can only kill the body. They cannot kill the soul. The only one you should fear is the One (God) that can destroy the body and the soul. He can send the body and the soul to hell. When birds are sold, two small birds cost only a penny. But not even one of those little birds can die without your Father knowing it. God even knows how many hairs are on your head. So don't be afraid. You are worth much more than many birds."
— Matthew 10:28-31 NLT
Illustration of Matthew 10:28-31 NLT —  The only one you should fear is the One (God) that can destroy the body and the soul.

Key Thought

Don't fear people. The only thing they can take from us is our physical life. Instead, God will judge and he can take from us our eternal life. But then God has no desire to condemn. His desire is to redeem and save. If he knows each sparrow and each hair on our heads, don't you know that he cares for us! So he is not going to let the Evil One snatch us from his love or grace. A persecutor can take our physical lives, but he cannot strip from us our relationship with God our Father! While a persecutor and reviler might shake our confidence and hope momentarily, they cannot steal from us our faith. Our faith is in God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ whom he raised from the dead! Since our lives are tied to Jesus, then our future is tied to the resurrected Lord as well!

Today's Prayer

Holy God, give me eyes to see what is important and a faithful heart to do it. I want you to be honored in my life. You alone are worthy of my commitment, my service and my physical life. You alone can preserve my life for eternity. So in you I rest my hope and commit my heart. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Heb. 4:12
  • 1 Pet. 3:13-17
  • Heb. 10:30-35

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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