By Dr. Rick Vance
John 14 recalls a conversation that Jesus is having with His disciples. Knowing he will be leaving them, Jesus helps them understand that they do not need to fear the future.
Opening this discourse with “Do not let your hearts be troubled,” Jesus reminds his followers that if they believe in God, they have hope for the future. Later, He reminds them that the comforter will be with them always.
As men in ministry, we face uncertainty on many levels. This uncertainty can lead to paralyzing fear and doubt. These are emotions we don’t want to admit to anyone, especially not to God.
Many Scripture passages recognize that anxiety is part of being human, and the authors encourage us to let God handle our concerns:
“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” –– 1 Peter 5:7
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” –– Philippians 4:6-7
In the Psalter, we hear, “Even though I walk in the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil.”
It is important to know that fear is part of the human condition, but it should not be paralyzing.
As leaders, we make decisions which affect our ministries.
After due diligence in prayer, research and discussion we are faced with a choice.
We can be paralyzed by fear and take no action.
Or we can act with the confidence that God has a plan for us.
Faith and fear both demand you believe in something you cannot see.
It’s your choice. I hope you will choose faith, knowing that the God you can’t physically see is with you.
The Rev. Dr. Rick Vance, director of the Center for Men’s Ministries
General Commission on UM Men