Matthew 28:5-8 But the angel answered and said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. 6 He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. 7 And go quickly and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead, and indeed He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him. Behold, I have told you.”
8 So they went out quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to bring His disciples word.
On Sunday, Richard Reynalds, the Pastor of a fresh, new and exciting ministry in Indianapolis, IN, New Revelation Christian Church preached a major word that spoke directly to anyone living and walking by faith in God. But one point that really hit our situation in preparing to plant this new ministry in Jackson, MS., was that when you walk by faith you walk in and through fear yet you have great joy. Preparing to plant a ministry in a new city and with little to no money, is a scary thing yet the joy of doing the work of God is amazing.
As we look forward to this summer of fundraising we face great fear in that we must reach our goal of raising $30,000 as well as doing this by August 1st. The fear in having to build a team of at least 15 people by August in this new city and developing relationships with people I have never met or have only met twice. The fear in needing to prepare a financial foundation for my family to sustain us through the pre-launch period of this awesome work. The fear in thinking about the strain this transition can have on our one year old marriage and new family. The fear in desiring to provide an atmosphere of stability for my family while working towards expanding God’s Kingdom and mission.
These fears are not unique to my situation and circumstance, but they are new to me and to Kyla. One thing that has been made clear to me in this faith walk is that anytime you operate in a new level of life, fear is ever-present because you have never been where you are going. Through it all the joy is when you know God will take care of all things when you walk according to his will. The joy is when a church opens its doors and offers you office space and gives you a key and code to the building. The joy is when someone else offers you all of their office furniture to fill that office. The joy is when you meet new people in a new city and welcome you into their home and into their lives with open arms. The joy is hearing the needs of the community and the hope many have in something that will bring about real change and impact.
Fear and Great Joy are polar opposites but are twins when it comes to walking and living by faith. Whatever you are striving for in life, remember that having fear does not mean you have little faith, but it means you are human. Remember in verse 7 of chapter 28 the angel reminds us that as we are sent on our mission, Jesus is going before us and he will meet us there.
Wherever God send us we must remember He will send an angel to go and prepare our way. (Ex. 20:23 – “See, I am sending an angel ahead of you to guard you along the way and to bring you to the place I have prepared.”) We also must remember that no matter the struggle or delay of our path all that we endure will workout to fulfill Gods will in our lives. (Romans 8:28 – And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.)
Walk by faith, keep us in your prayers, and let’s do this together.
Let’s Get It!!!