Luke 12:25-26 (ESV)
25 And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?26 If then you are not able to do as small a thing as that, why are you anxious about the rest?
Last night, I shared with our Wednesday evening group a strange encouragement toward gospel courage. The idea came from 2 Timothy 1:8, where Paul, in the midst of telling Timothy to fan into flame his own gospel courage, orders Timothy to join in suffering for the gospel. The logic goes something like this:
· We are tempted to hide and cower when we feel we can avoid suffering.
· We often strengthen our resolve and stand strong when we realize that suffering is unavoidable.
· Therefore, Christians should expect suffering and not hide or cower, but stand strong with gospel courage.
It is fascinating, then, that today’s passage follows the same kind of logic regarding the issue of worry. Jesus tells his followers that worrying will not add a single moment to their lives. So, if worry does not add to our lives, we may as well give up worry and live our lives with boldness and trust in the Lord.
So, what about you? Are you living with gospel courage? Are you living with Christian boldness? Have you understood that you cannot avoid suffering or hardship, so you might as well be strong and courageous? Have you given up the concept of a simple and easy life that you can control and opted for the more godly mindset that you are not in control?
Lord, I recognize that I am not in control of my life or my safety. You are my King. You are my Lord. You are the One who will decide how long I live and how comfortably I live. I trust you. I pray that you will no longer allow me to attempt to make my life comfortable by hiding from obeying your word. Help me instead to stand firm, trust you, and fan into flame the gospel courage that will give glory to your name.