Matthew 10:24-33, Common English Bible
Just as Jesus commissioned his disciples to go out and spread the Good News, so he also challenges us to go out and tell the truth. Fear often prevents us from doing this! Not only might we be afraid of speaking the truth to a divided world that seems unready to hear it, but the process itself is daunting. There is no straightforward, one-and-done method for “making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.” To tell the truth, we must seek to know God, speak in love against hatred and injustice, keep our ears and hearts open, and then do it all again!
Throughout this whole cycle, Jesus tells us not to fear. Why shouldn’t we? Because we are deeply known and deeply loved by God, our creator and sustainer. In what ways is fear holding you back from telling the truth? Does God’s love for you motivate you?
Do not fear God’s transformation of us!
“Disciples aren’t greater than their teacher, and slaves aren’t greater than their master. It’s enough for disciples to be like their teacher and slaves like their master. If they have called the head of the house Beelzebul, it’s certain that they will call the members of his household by even worse names.” Matthew 10:24-25
Do not fear telling the truth!
“Therefore, don’t be afraid of those people because nothing is hidden that won’t be revealed, and nothing secret that won’t be brought out into the open. What I say to you in the darkness, tell in the light; and what you hear whispered, announce from the rooftops.” Matthew 10:26-27
Do not fear the aftermath!
“Don’t be afraid of those who kill the body but can’t kill the soul.” Matthew 10:28a
Why not? Because you are a beloved child of God!
“Even the hairs of your head are all counted. Don’t be afraid. You are worth more than many sparrows.” Matthew 10:30-31
Hear the W.O.W., the Words of Wisdom:
“Know you are loved and speak!”