Worry is a Christian’s worst enemy.
Imagine a prince living in a well furnished castle who feels like living in a dungeon because of worries.
Imagine someone of good health who feels dead because of worries.
Imagine a winner who feels like a loser because of worries.
Because we feel like we’re still attached to this crumbling world, we worry as if we were truly attached to it. Yet, the only things that we believe to be ours which are still attached to this world are rather our worries.
It’s like someone had brought you a deed for a property on a land which you never knew you had. As you believe the deed to be yours, you also accept the property taxes and lawsuits for years of not keeping the property in shape. You may have always believed to be debt-free, but now debt-collectors are now seeking you from all corners to pay any debts that are tied to the property and the land. Nobody wants the deed like nobody on this earth wants your worries. Astoundingly, someone from another distant land knock at your door of worries and said, “just give me the deed and I’ll handle everything”. You signed the deed over to them and now believe to be free of problems. Wrong. The debt-collectors know they can’t get anything from the new owner of the deed so now they’re using fear tactics, paying judges to threaten you with prison time so that you succumb to fear and pay them money that do not rightfully belongs to them. This is exactly what worries allow us to experience as Christians in this world.
Christ came and took our deed of a troubling land, our deed of worries, and yet others are expecting us to live with the burden of owning our worries as if Christ never took them away from us. If enough people either believe that we are sick, or simply keep saying that we are sick even when they know that we’re not, eventually we’ll fall to believing that we’re sick and start seeking healing for an illness that we do not even have but simply feel like we have simply because others are saying so.
The gospel says that you’ve been set free, but the world says you’re in a prison and should do more than your best to get out.
The gospel says that you are loved by God in Christ, but the world says to look at your situations to assess how loved your are.
The gospel says, “Rejoice!”, but the world says you should be crying and lamenting because you’re not immune to the pains of this life.
Before a trial, the crowd can start celebrating how the outcome will be or should be. The crowd can claim to have all the evidence. Whether the evidence is tainted or fabricated, the crowd couldn’t care less. But when the trial begins and that the evidence is assessed and the charges are found to be without ground, we can believe that the verdict will be “not guilty”.
“When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross. And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.” (Colossians 2:13-15)
When the powers and authorities are armed with tainted and fabricated evidence, the Judge who is above all judge made a public spectacle of them by giving them what the law required and not what they themselves wanted. They became overwhelmed by the power of the cross.
So be ready for all who can’t wait to bring before God their evidence of your guilt. And be ready to hear that the court will not hear again the same accusation and charges for which you’ve been exonerated.
Whomever the Son sets free is free indeed.
“God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.” (2 Corinthians 5:19)
“What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written:
“For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:31-39)
God cannot be unseated just so that another judge would rule in His place. So how can others bring charges against God’s elect? How successful will others be at causing God’s elect to worry, to fear because of accusations? Nothing did separate us from the love of God. And nothing can separate us from the love of God. Bring that to your worries.