Scripture Text: Matthew 10:24-27
24“A disciple is not above the teacher, nor a slave above the master; 25it is enough for the disciple to be like the teacher, and the slave like the master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebul, how much more will they malign those of his household! 26“So have no fear of them; for nothing is covered up that will not be uncovered, and nothing secret that will not become known. 27What I say to you in the dark, tell in the light; and what you hear whispered, proclaim from the housetops.
Have no fear…do not be afraid…fear not…How many times have we encountered that in Scripture? Well, apparently, “fear not” is in the Bible 365 times according to the trustworthy Google machine. Are you sensing a theme? So, of what are you afraid? We’ve probably outgrown worrying about the monsters under the bed or the ghosts in the closet. But we’re all afraid of something—health issues, financial issues, the pandemic, global terrorism, or just being found out. Yeah, most of us are afraid that others will discover that we’re not as competent or self-assured or as put together as we project. (Or maybe that’s just me!) Most of us are afraid that that façade we have so carefully crafted around our lives will be pierced and we’ll have to be honest with those around us and, even worse, ourselves.
Fear not…have no fear of them…well, easy for YOU to say. The promise is that everything will be made known. That’s what the full Light does, remember? It exposes everything. And imagine how glorious that would be to no longer have to hide those parts of yourself from the world! Be not afraid! What’s the worse that could happen, right?
So, do you remember that whole notion of needing to die to live, die to self and be resurrected as a New Creation? I think that’s the thing. Living in the darkness makes it easy to hide things. But this light, this light shows us everything. So those things hidden in the darkness will die. They will just fade away. The things in the Light will survive. The Light is coming. Right now it’s just a whisper. But we know what’s out there. Our faith tells us that. And we know that we have to let go of the darkness, we have to let go of the things that we hide. The whispers of Light are gently showing us how to let go. Because the Light will give us everything.
God, I am sorry I ran from you. I am still running, running from that knowledge, that eye, that love from which there is no refuge. For you meant only love, and love, and I felt only fear, and pain. So once in Israel love came to us incarnate, stood in the doorway between two worlds, and we were all afraid. (Annie Dillard)
Grace and Peace,