Are you paralyzed with fear? That’s a good sign. Fear is good. Like self-doubt, fear is an indicator. Fear tells us what we have to do. Remember our rule of thumb: The more scared we are of a work or calling, the more sure we can be that we have to do it. Resistance is experienced as fear; the degree of fear equates the strength of resistance. Therefore, the more fear we feel about a specific enterprise, the more certain we can be that that enterprise is important to us and to the growth of our soul. Steven Pressfield

If anything, you have to be honest with yourself and be okay with where you are at in your faith. As an example of this, whenever, someone pursues counseling in their life, and they have come because of a certain problem, I always tell them that half the battle had been won—that they will most likely overcome their obstacles, because they have acknowledged them. This is because they have admitted where they are. This is exactly what we need to do through this process. God desires our honesty and we need to be straightforward with ourselves. We need to come to the place where we can honestly assess where our relationship with God is today.

So where are you in your walk with God? Have you been a Christian for 30 years, and yet really you are no different than you were when you were fourteen when you went to the altar at that Bible camp? Is your relationship with God in word only? That’s okay. Admit it. Take off the masks. Come clean with those around you. Most importantly, do this with yourself and move on, and become a follower of Jesus, giving all of your life to him and not just the parts of you, and the fringes of your life. If you are a friend of Jesus already—great—but the journey is not over. Continue to be his companion, but even more so, continue hard after him, striving to develop that friendship more and more each day. Again, remember no matter how close you are to God, each day you must get up, and make a decision—will I be a believer, a servant or a friend of Jesus today. Some days are better than others; some days you will venture forth into untraveled territory, and on other days you will go back from where once you came. A while back someone at our church gave me a framed picture for my office. At the bottom, it reads, Courage does not always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, “I will try again tomorrow.” I like that. Some days are better than others—some days we regress, others we push on. But it all boils down to a decision, and every day we must make it. A. W. Tozer said it just right when he wrote:

Knowledge of God cannot be gained by study alone…To know God is at once the easiest and the most difficult thing in the world. It is easy because the knowledge is not won by hard mental toil, but it is something freely given. As sunlight falls free on the open field, so the knowledge of the holy God is a free gift to men who are open to receive it.

Those are the operative words—those who are open to receive it. Again, one needs to look at where they are in their life, assess where they want to go, and then finally, move in that direction. Are you open to becoming a friend of Jesus? Or does the status quo suit you just fine? Jesus says come closer and you will see that where you are now in your life is but a paltry and flat existence for what he has planned for you.

In: Friend to Jesus
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