You may be saying you’re free, and yet you’re as depressed as the people that don’t know the Lord. You’re as poor as the people that don’t know the Lord. You are as bothered by the things that go on in our world: like the pandemic, economic downturn, wars and rumours of war. There’re Christians who are just as fearful as people who don’t know God and don’t have the promises of God that:
“You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, 6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday. A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you. 8 You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked” (Psalm 91:5-8 NIV).
“And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Phil. 4:19).
We have all of these promises, and yet there are Christians who are in bondage and are living in fear. There are Christians who are operating totally out of fear about their economies and about other issues. So, just like in Jesus’ day, he says, you have to continue in his word, and he is speaking to people who believe in Him. You have to continue until the word sets you free. The truth that you know sets you free. There’re people who are offended and thinking, I’m not in bondage to anything, and yet you’re in bondage to everything. You’re fearful, you’re worried, you’re careful about everything, you have no peace. Jesus is telling you and me that if we believe in the word of God and continue in it, it will set us free in these areas. If you aren’t free in those areas, you haven’t believed in the word of God, you haven’t believed the truth, and you haven’t continued in His word. I pray that you will believe in His word and continue in it so you will be free indeed.
Truth gives us the courage to do whatever we need to do. It motivates us and that’s why when you and I believe that Jesus Christ is the son of God and he’s the only way of salvation, it gives us courage to state that clearly to people without being afraid. We’re being truthful, but many Christians today compromise what they believe for fear of rejection. In 2 Timothy 2:14-26, Paul reflected on the importance of truth for the Christian. Jesus embodies the truth; He is the truth. Thus, to believe in Christ is to be firmly fixed on knowing the truth, sticking with it, living out the truth, and teaching it. This is what Paul meant when he said in Gal. 2:16 that, have I become an enemy to you because I have preached the truth to you? Am I now your enemy, just because I told you the truth? ‘Do you hate me because I tell you the truth’? I think many pastors face that very thing. They will not tell the truth; they will compromise what they truly believe because they don’t want their congregation to not like them. But you must make a decision in life on whether to please God or people. Once you settle that issue then it’s over. If people like you fine. If they don’t like you that’s not your issue, it’s their issue and so it’s important to be truthful. When you say I’m committed to the truth of the gospel, whatever that means, you’ll make enemies from some people, and you’ll make people who love you forever because you tell them the truth. I pray that you will have the courage to share the truth.