Jesus said to another man, “Follow Me.” “Lord,” the man replied, “first let me go and bury my father.” But Jesus told him, “Let the dead bury their own dead. You, however, go and proclaim the kingdom of God” (Luke 9:59-60). Jesus replied, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God” (Luke 9:62). These are statements that build the foundation for the cost of being a Christian in a fallen world.
There are Christians who run from bad news to their own peril and the peril of others. They are like those who hide their head in the sand or their talent and think that God is going to be pleased, but they are mistaken. Many will hear depart from me you worker of iniquity for not working at all in God’s kingdom. They bury their talent and when the master comes for the harvest he finds them lacking.
The terror of men and the high intensity of evil will cause your flesh to fold, but through God’s Spirit within you, you have the strength to overcome the challenges that would otherwise limit you. The evil spirit of limitation is empowered by your fear to confront bad news. Your cowardice is his elevation, but if you look deep into the love of God, you will find a power that will blow all evil spirits out of the water.
By design those who have God’s Spirit overcome evil with good. God never sanctioned the believer to run, but serve with gladness knowing that your home is in heaven. Fear is a designation that you are lacking in faith and your heart is not entirely above, but beneath.
Before the test of Lot’s wife comes, you better sure up your relationship with Jesus and stop running from bad news and make good news by telling your story of how God as empowered your life by his grace, mercy, and truth.