Castle Fraser, Aberdeenshire.

 Nevertheless many even of the rulers believed in Him, but because of the Pharisees they were not confessing Him, for fear that they would be put out of the synagogue;  for they loved the approval of men rather than the approval of God.

John 12:42-43 (NASB)

Fear is a powerful motivator in our world, driving decisions made on issues by folk. Looking back I can chuckle at some of my decisions, such as what football team to support – Celtic or Rangers. Believe me, it was may more important than football. And one where there was no choice to make, being my political stance (Labour Party). Both Protestants and Catholics voted Labour or suffered the consequences. As I look back at village life then, I am grateful to have escaped the tyranny of fear that governed life then.

As our scripture today suggests, there were many notable individuals who secretly believed in Jesus – but for the fear of men and losing their comfortable station in life they kept quiet. They feared ridicule and damage to their standing in the community. Today there are many in church who attend services at the weekend, but during the week they live a life like many others in their neighbourhood. They buy lottery tickets, drink, gamble and watch questionable TV shows or movies, thus denying God by their very behaviour at home and in the streets. Just like those who denied Jesus in today’s scripture, they deny Him favouring the pleasures of life.

Dear reader, are you following Jesus wholeheartedly? Is your life His 24/7, seven days a week, 365 days a year? Or are you witholding an area of your life for yourself; hiding Jesus from those you meet in that area? Your entire life was bought for a price on the cross at Calvary, redeemed by His precious blood and raised again in New Life from the grave…your life is not your own! You need not fear those in this world: 

Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
Matthew 10:28 (NASB)

Witholding secret areas of our life from God is in reality denying Him before men; but giving our all to Him and proclaiming His name will reap a reward in Eternity (Matthew 10:32-33).

17 thoughts on “Fear of Men

  1. Great words to read this morning. Thank you Alan. Christ came to remove all fear, but even as believers fear still exists because we tend to lose our focus on what is truly important. Your post reminded me of Romans 1:16 – For I am not ashamed of the Gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salivation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.
    God bless you brother.

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    1. Thank you brother Conrad for your precious encouragement, it means a great deal to me and pushes me on in serving Him. Romans 1:16 is one of my favourite Bible declarations. Your inadvertent typo (“salivation”) gave me a laugh, but then I realised it has a ring of Truth to it…if we consume His Word we will certainly salivate hungering for more of it! God bless you today brother.

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      1. Haha. I obviously did not notice that typo! Glad I could bring about a laugh and yes, it does have a ring of truth. Thank you for the positive spin on my poor typing, and the challenge that we should be desiring more and more of Him!

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  2. “For there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed, and nothing concealed that will not be known or brought out into the open.” Thank you for sharing the truth from the heart.

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