A couple of things happened today and yesterday that drove me to this blog again. One was an online devotional about persistence (which I am SO lacking), an epic Easter message yesterday that encouraged me to focus on joining Jesus in His adventure rather than merely asking Him to bless mine (because writing this blog was His idea from the start), and then also, noticing again the little magnet I have near my computer that says “never give up. ever.” (even when it’s been a long time and I’m embarrassed about neglecting this God-assignment? Yes….because He gives do-overs.)
Ironically, I also have a companion magnet to the one above that says “surrender your fear.” Doesn’t ‘surrender’ mean to ‘give up’? In order to make sense of this and not over-analyze, I decided to combine the magnets’ pithy sayings into “never give up surrendering your fear.” Even a month of failings and inconsistencies can’t keep me from pursuing the plan, right?
Jesus Himself showed us how to never give up. On this side of Easter, we are so grateful for His endurance during Holy Week and on Good Friday. But I wonder if it seemed to His disciples that He was giving up in the Garden of Gethsemane? In Luke 12:4 He may have been trying to prepare His disciples when He said, “I tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do no more.” There is so much more to this life than the physical. It reminds me of Martin Luther’s words in “A Mighty Fortress is Our God.” “Let goods and kindred go, this mortal life also; the body they may kill: God’s truth abideth still; his kingdom is forever!” They killed Jesus’ body, but after that, NO MORE! Easter means that the fear of death is completely removed!
Another few lines in the same hymn motivate me to take this truth a step further. “And though this world, with devils filled, should threaten to undo us, we will not fear, for God has willed his truth to triumph through us.” An amazing, humbling thought – God wants His truth to triumph through us! With Jesus living in me, there is no fear, not even of failure. He has triumphed – this is the truth! Hallelujah!