The Ordinary Courage of the Church
Over and over again in Scripture, we read, “Do not fear” or “Do not be afraid.” Those very words could have also been translated, “Have courage.” Here’s the reality: How we respond to fear determines if we are acting with courage. It’s not that courageous people don’t experience fear. Courageous people respond to fear by being brave.
Perhaps, right after the resurrection, Jesus wanted to remind the church that the Christian community requires courage and not to become incapacitated by our fears.
Perhaps Jesus understands our fears more than we’re willing to admit.
The Great Commission
The invitation Jesus offers extends through the decades: you’re to make disciples and transform the world. Thank goodness being and helping others become disciples doesn’t rely solely on you or on me. But it certainly involves you and me.
A courageous church claims the purpose Jesus set forth: to make disciples and transform the world. But, courage it’s simply an assent of the mind, it is embodied in our actions as well. Here’s the good news: just as we can learn to follow Jesus, we can learn to be courageous. You might just say they’re two sides of the same coin.
Perhaps today the most courageous thing you can do is consider who you seek to disciple. Sharing God’s love with others is the work of the body of Christ.
And if you’re thinking, “How do I disciple someone?” First, we’re going to practice throughout the next five weeks. Second, share God’s love in words and/or actions today. Third, have courage. Along the way, you just might meet a friend who’s searching for a little courage to love.
Identify the courageous actions in this passage of scripture.
What actions will you take to “not fear” but be of good courage today?
Share God’s love in words or actions with at least one person today.
Jesus, I feel it in my gut and in the depths of my soul. It’s called fear. Today, I claim your words and choose to stand in the promise of your grace. I’m claiming today as a day of courage. Fill me with your Spirit so I may reflect your love to the people I encounter today. Amen.
What did you do today to respond to your call to courage?
If you haven’t taken a moment to review the “Overview of It Takes Courage” please do so. You’ll find a few tips that will help you start this journey.