The fear of God has long been veiled in the secular world. Even worse, however, it has been all but forgotten in the church. Why is this? Why do we lack the fear that is necessary for keeping our head above the grave, eternally speaking? Also, if we are missing out on this aspect, what else might it cost us?
When we look at the Apostles lives, and even what they went through in just the book of Acts, we see a vivid picture of what the fear of God looks like. Primarily, to understand the fear of God, we must understand why the Apostles lived in this healthy state. Through reading the New Testament, it becomes clear that the Apostles truly believed that they would witness the return of Christ. With this belief, they also believed whole heartedly that their mission was to first and foremost follow after the commandments of God.
Let us fast-forward around 2000 years and ask ourselves, what has changed? Interestingly enough, the mentalities of the people in biblical times are still existent in today’s world. The difference is that we look at the Bible as an ancient book, and sometimes, subconsciously, we doubt that we will see the return of Christ… If we even believe in it at all. Let me first assure you that Jesus will be returning for His saints. Matthew 24:29-31 teaches us: “29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: 30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. 31 And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.”
What does the knowledge and true fear of God stir us to do once we understand that the time He comes back is all up to Him? If we look at the Apostles, we discover it was a great power-source for revival. Acts 2:47 reports that many were added to the Kingdom of God daily, and this is after a 3000 soul revival on the Day of Pentecost. Not only did it stir them to witness and outreach, but it stirred their faith to believe that nothing is impossible with Christ. Because of this faith, people were healed and delivered.
Really then, what has changed? Put simply and condensed into one word… complacency. Christians have become complacent enough to just say “well we will get around to it tomorrow”. Even on a more basic level, the flesh says “I’ll stop sinning tomorrow.”
Ladies and gentlemen, today I want to submit a challenge to you. Let’s awaken from our slumber, and our complacent state. Let us embrace our fear of God and let it correct us and make us whole. Let us witness with passion, and continuously work out our own salvation.