Staff Corner – Todd Killmeyer
Pastor of Student Ministries
Dear Church Family,
Recently, God has brought into my mind a passage over, and over again; almost like a record that keeps on skipping. The passage is 2 Timothy 1:7, “for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” Paul, a father-figure to Timothy, is encouraging him to continue the ministry God has called him to. Now the reason for Timothy’s problems are not clear from this passage, but it seems as if fear in some way was crippling Timothy and the work of the ministry.
I think we all can take a step back and learn from this verse. Because whether we believe it or not, we are all in full-time ministry. We just have different vocations. Regardless of your vocation, you are in full-time ministry simply because the Great Commission is for every disciple of Christ and does not have a time limit. We are all called to make disciples. But this work is difficult, hard, and discouraging. And then to top it all off we have a global pandemic, murder hornets, and of course politics to worry about.
With everything we face today and the constant barrage of news, it is easy to begin to feel much like Timothy. Fear is pouring out all over social media, the news, and the world around us. Paul’s encouragement is to remember that fearing the world around us is not from God. A spirit of power, love, and self-control is what He gave us instead. The only thing we are called to fear in the Bible is God himself. And if we are fearing something other than God, we have called into question His Sovereignty.
Let me say it this way. There is no need to fear, since regardless of what tomorrow brings, our calling to make disciples is the same, as well as the fact that God still sits on His throne! Of course, tomorrow may be unpleasant, difficult, and even filled with tears, but still our God is Sovereign! Let us, as Christians, put away the fear of coming disaster, and know that even when disaster comes, God still reigns.
So instead of giving into the fear that the world tells us we should be fearing, let us instead remember that in Christ, we have a Spirit of power! Our God is bigger than the circumstances of this life. Know that our ministry to create disciples has not changed, regardless if disaster comes tomorrow. I encourage you when you find yourself worried, or fearing what is next with the pandemic, or who is going to be our next President, or when the next natural disaster is coming; I encourage you instead to reach for and read this verse. Remember how awesome our God is, and that our ministry to make disciples is the same. Our God gave us power, so let us not live in fear. Instead of fear, let us focus on our ministry God has given us. I leave you with this bit of encouragement from Jesus himself when he says in John 16:33, “I have said these things to you, that in me you have peace. In the world you will have tribulations. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”