The Kingdom’s Attitudes – Part I
Key Verse: Luke 12:5
“But I’ll tell you whom to fear. Fear God, who has the power to kill you and then throw you into hell. Yes, He’s the One to fear”.
Additional Reading: Luke 12:1-7
If you read the Additional Reading, you know that Jesus told His followers not to fear those who want to kill them (Luke 12:4).
Did Jesus mean that we should try to rid our mind of any thought of whether we will survive the many dangers to our physical being in this life? No, I don’t believe that was Jesus’ intent. We need to consider the context of those words. Jesus was making a comparison of what would be worse: someone killing you or for your eternal soul to be thrown into hell?
All of us know how quickly we react to the thought that we might have a disease that is fatal, or we have found ourselves in a dangerous situation that we might not survive. We react with our God given survival impulses… our first thought is how to live and not die! There is nothing wrong with those thoughts. As I said, God gives us those thoughts so we can avoid grave dangers when possible. What is wrong is how little we react when our soul is in grave danger! This is the problem that Jesus is speaking about in our scriptural passage for today.
Jesus is wanting to instill a deep respect for the evil one and his powers to take from a person the eternal life that God wants all people to have.
The Apostle Peter reminded believers to be aware of the evil one’s attempts as well: “Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour” (1 Peter 5:8).
Yes, we fear physical death and rightly so. But too often we don’t fear the devil who is the greater enemy of our lives.
Jesus wasn’t afraid to tell people that there is a heaven to gain and a hell to shun. It didn’t bother Jesus if people got “turned off” at His honestly about our eternity options. He wanted all people everywhere to understand that they would exist forever somewhere! There is no option in the Bible that a person would die and then simply stop existing!
Jesus is clear that we will spend eternity in heaven or hell, and that He came to provide the path to spending our “forever” with God in His heaven.
Someone has rightly said “we all want to go to heaven, but no one wants to die”. This is true for 99% of humans, in my opinion.
If that is true with you, be sure to acknowledge that Jesus died for your sins and accept Him into your life. Read a little of your Bible each day to learn how to live a life worthy of His love. Those who do these things can have peace that their place in Heaven is secure!
Father, I do accept your plan for my forgiveness by believing in Jesus. I will study your Word to learn how to walk with you daily. In Jesus’s Name, amen.