Don't Double Down On Fear!
“His master replied, “Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!” Matthew 25:21
Today you may find yourself regretting yesterday; falling into the same useless cycle that has you cowering from the fear of trying, speaking out, or taking a leap of faith. Perhaps as the sun rose you decided that it will be another chance to be obedient, to start a ministry, to forgive but, as the day crawls into night fear stifles your heroic plans. Fear is the ultimate death sentence to potential, the bottomless, endless, and abundant capacity God has placed inside of us is diminished by fear. Here are 3 reasons why fear is an enemy of potential.
1. It paralyzes our potential
As Jesus sweat drops of blood in the Garden of Gethsemane asking God if there was any other way to redeem man, His potential told Him He was more than capable but, fear tormented Him with doubt. Where would we be today if Jesus had given in to that paralyzing fear? We’d find ourselves slaughter goats and trying to keep 613 laws as acts of redemption. It’s insane to think about but, this is what we believers do on a daily basis; take our God-given 24 hours and surrender it to fear, the enemy of our potential. God has placed an abundant well of gifts, inventions, ideas, solutions, into our DNA, and yet, we cap it with fear.
The greatest mistake we make is living in constant fear that we will make one.”
— John C. Maxwell
2. It makes us doubt our potential
When at the precipice of a great new idea our excitement takes a dose of fear and we begin to doubt ourselves. We’ve all been there, those nagging questions that have us dance the hokey pokey; What if I fail? What if I’m not good enough? What if I get rejected? The list goes on, an excellent power moved by fear that gives way to doubt and stifles our potential. With every gift rising to the surface to meet our potential there are a thousand reasons of doubt trying to kick it back down. We believers can take solace in the word of God “For I have not given you a spirit of fear, but of love, power, and a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7 Wow! God knew we would have to be reminded, encouraged, and motivated when doubt comes in to crush our hopes. We are equipped to dream and create with the tools God provides to guarantee our success.
Feed your faith and your fears will starve to death.
3. It wastes our potential
The parable of the talents and potential in Matthew 25 is a lot scarier than we can ever imagine. Two out of the three servants double their master’s wealth while he’s away, and the third servant buries his potential in the ground; he doubles down on fear. Did you know wastefulness is a sin? The consequences of this servant fearfully sitting down on his potential are disastrous with eternal punishment. Those 24 hours cannot be given again, they are considered wasted as we wait around for fear to instruct us on what to do with our God-given potential. A day turns into a month, a month into a year, and the return of our King grows closer. What will He find us doing? We don’t have time for fear, that time has ended. Today, just as the sun rose with new promises for your unleashed potential, let us face our fears head-on and do the will of our Father anyway.