Third Sunday after Pentecost — June 25, 2017
Nothing to Fear
In today’s Gospel passage Jesus shares with his disciples sayings about facing opposition, before they go off on a mission of healing and preaching. As Jesus was called names, we will be called names as well. We experience struggle and opposition at times. If we are observant, we see harassment on a daily basis.
A few verses later we are reminded that God cares for us, even though others may make life bleak. As Christians we must persevere in time of fear and opposition.
As a college student, I embroidered a piece that states, “As God watches over the sparrow, so shall He watch over you.” It still hangs in our family cottage in Canada! What a wonderful reminder of God’s constant watch and care!
It is hard to imagine this piece in Scripture, Matthew 10:34–37, where we read not about bringing peace to earth but about a sword. This Scripture is to not to bring discord to families and communities of faith. It is to be a reminder for us to know that our fate is in God’s hands. Our faith is to overcome fear. Our loving God wants us to know that with our lives in his hands we have nothing to fear. Stand up for peace; he is with us. Stand up to family disunity; he is with us. Stand up for justice; he is with us. Believers, stand up! Let us be obedient to the call of Jesus.
Heather Stevenson, Board of Cooperative Ministries, Winston-Salem, North Carolina