Fearless: Imagine Your Life Without Fear is the 26th inspirational book written by Max Lucado (and the first I have read in a long time) and it reveals to the reader how truly fear-filled Western Culture has become.
Lucado quotes published research which noticed that in 1994, British newspapers used the phrase ‘at risk’ 2 037 times. In the year 2000 the phrase appeared eighteen thousand times! (p. 176) Has our world become nine times more dangerous in six years? No, but we have become much more obsessed with safety.
A follower of Jesus isn’t fit to be fearful, “for God has not given us a spirit of fear.” (2 Tim. 1: 7) The gospels record 125 times Jesus commanding his followers to “be not afraid!” (Matt. 10: 31)
Courage does not panic; it prays. Courage does not bemoan; it believes. Courage does not languish; it listens. It listens to the voice of God calling through Scripture, “Fear not!” It hears Christ’s voice comforting through the hospital corridors, graveyards, and war zones. (p. 178)
Using the Scriptures frequently and responsibly, Lucado convinces the reader that Jesus leads us to a life of discipleship without unhealthy fear. It is appropriate to fear an a Holy God (see chapter 14) but we are set free from the futility of fear by the blood of Jesus. Living fearfully is really a life of worship to the god of security, and not a life of worship to God. Lucado writes,
When fear shapes our lives safety becomes our god. When safety becomes our god we worship a risk-free life. Can the safety-lover do anything great? Can the risk averse accomplish noble deeds? For God? For others? No. The fear-filled cannot love deeply. Love is risky. They cannot give to the poor. Benevolence has no guarentee of return. The fear filled cannot dream wildly. What if their dreams sputter and fall from the sky? The worship of safety emasculates greatness. No wonder Jesus wages such a war against fear. (p. 10)
Fearless is a light and inspiring read. It finds hope in times of despair by illuminating how we defeat ourselves in times of struggle by losing sight of the promise of Jesus, “Never will I leave you. Never will I forsake you” (Heb. 13: 5). I highly recommend it.
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