Fear Free of Peer Pressure
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All of us have some favourite personalities whom we try to imitate knowingly or unknowingly. We try to please them in all possible ways. What if that favourite person gives you a simple task? How would you do it? With great care and responsibility or without much attention? We would take it as a privilege and do it with happiness. We wouldn’t worry about other’s comments or criticisms since we love that person so much.
God so loved the world (us) that he gave His only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
He not only died for our sins but has also given us a tremendous privilege and responsibility - To be completely set apart from the other people of this world. We are to live such lives, that the people around us will be pointed to the God we worship.
This is indeed a tremendous responsibility. But we are a part of this world and we follow its ways in some/many aspects. We are surrounded by people of different principles, ideas and views which may not go well with ours. Many people who claim to be followers of Christ also don’t want to be noticed for their beliefs and so they live a camouflaged life. Some of us can identify with that kind of a lifestyle, where we don’t want to be different from the other people around us.
The main reason we live like this is because we are also fearful; we are afraid of what people will say and do to us if we stand out. This kind of living is not acceptable to God. In this lesson, we will take a look at how the right fear of God will help us overcome this fear of our peers i.e. the fear of what people around us will say about our faith in God.
We are called to be different - 1 Peter 2:9-12 says “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul, having your conduct, honorable among the Gentiles, that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may, by your good works which they observe, glorify God in the day of visitation.
The call comes with a cost. Rejection and Persecution. It seems a little scary when we come to the realization that we won’t fit in and that we will be hated, rejected and face other types of persecution for our beliefs. You and I should not lose hope because we know that God is on our side.
The Bible has a number of people as examples where they have tried to do something that demonstrates the fear they have for people rather than the trust they have in God. Abraham lied to the king in asking his wife to be his sister in the eyes of the king since he was afraid of the king. He thought that the king would then kill Abraham and take Sarah as his wife. Jacob was afraid of his brother Esau and made special arrangements before meeting his brother. King Saul was afraid of what the people would do and so he made the sacrifice himself without waiting for the prophet Samuel. The list goes on…
In the New Testament, we find Peter denying Jesus since he was afraid of the crowd (Luke 22:54-62). However, the same Peter makes a complete U-turn after the resurrection and the Pentecost. The timid Peter becomes the leader (Acts 4:1-12) of the new sect that now proclaimed Jesus Christ as the Lord and Saviour – he makes a bold statement “then know this, you and all the people of Israel: It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed.” (Acts 4: 10).
In fact, God calls each of us to stand for our Christian principles. In doing so we may have to pay the cost. But our Lord promises to provide us the needed strength.
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