Christians walk in fear–but which kind, the fear of God or the fear of man? Galatians 1:10-12 speaks much about walking in fear:
10 For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ. 11 For I would have you know, brothers, that the gospel that was preached by me is not man’s gospel. 12 For I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it, but I received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ.
From this text, we see four reasons why Christians will always walk in fear (in ways that are both bad and good).
- Christians seek either the approval of men or of God. Simple? Yes! Accurate? Definitely. Think about the times in private or public that you have disobeyed God–why did you do it? The majority of times it’s to please other people, even if that other person is ‘self.’ It’s easy to have happen, for we cannot ‘see’ God with our eyes, but we’re surrounded by others we love and respect constantly.
- Those that seek the approval of men are not servants of Christ. Servants of Christ serve Christ. This is another aspect of Jesus being enough: the only true approval we seek on earth or in the universe is the approval of Christ. Is He our all in all?
- Christians are saved by the Gospel of Christ, not the ‘gospel’ of men. The gospel is not made up by men (2 Peter 1:16-21). We are not saved by following man’s principles, but by surrendering to His Good News: Christ died for our sins, was buried, and was raised for our justification (1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Romans 3:21-26). People give us ‘good advice’ (do this, and such-and-such will happen). Christ gives us and is Good News (I did this, and that’s why you are saved.
- The gospel is a gift received by revelation of Christ, not men. Gifts from those we love are those gifts we treasure. Christ revealed the gospel! Christ is the gospel! Another reason to say and show that Jesus is enough!
Christians (and it turns out, everyone) will walk in fear. Dear Christian, who do you fear most today?