Last year I was on my first youth choir tour with my church.
On the ride to the city we'd be serving in, I heard a lot of students talking about how excited they were to finally be near the beach. I'm not much of one who likes to swim in the same ocean as sharks, so I was content with solely serving God.
I didn't know what to expect, but I knew what I was looking forward to: ministering to the homeless. All my life I've been a part of ministering to the homeless.
When I was in second grade I started serving at a local ministry with my church. I served food and sang for the people who were in need of Hope.
So when I learned we would be handing out water bottles to the homeless, I was excited.
After a few days on tour, we went to a park and began to get into groups.
Looking back, I'm amazed at the fact that I was not the least bit afraid.
I had to be in a group with an adult for safety, but I longed to just sit down and have a conversation about Jesus with someone.
I watched as two people fought(ex boyfriend and girlfriend) and nearly get arrested, yet I wasn't scared. I heard someone cuss at one of our students. But I also knew that I had something they don't have.
I have Jesus.
And I have to share Him with them. I am not boasting about how brave I am.
I am boasting about Jesus, for He is the one who makes me courageous.
He is the One who leads me in the valley of the shadow of death. With Him I have nothing to fear.
I'm reminded of a song we sing often at church. You probably know it–"You Never Let Go" by Matt Redman.
Some of the lyrics are forever written on my heart:
"And I will fear no evil
For my God is with me
And if my God is with me
Whom then shall I fear?"
We sing these nearly every week, but do we live by them? Do we serve others without fear of them shooting us? Are we living like we have a heart without fear?
2 Timothy 1:7
"For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind."
If Jesus is in your heart, you have nothing to fear. Death? You'll go to heaven. Hateful words? Show forgiveness and love.
You have nothing to fear.