The Thing I Fear Most
To quote my son, Pastor Bryan Gantt in his message on Sunday “Reaching Toward the Finish Line”: “The goal of life is not to arrive at death safely.”
If we have heard the call of Christ, we have heard a call to great adventures in the advancement of the Kingdom. Let us “press on” toward the prize considering not the danger, but the crown that awaits us. To fear death is to doubt the power of the resurrection – and to avoid the adventure of running for the prize because of the hardness of the race is to rob the Christian life of its greatest purpose and joy.
Someone recently suggested that my new “health regime” has come because I am afraid of dying. The truth is that I am not at all afraid of dying because I have complete confidence in the power of Christ in the resurrection. What I do fear is being sidelined, relegated to the bench, disqualified, unable to compete. When I realized that because of my careless life habits, I was in danger of being removed from the conflict for the cross I was both ashamed and terrified. Uselessness in the cause of the Kingdom is a thing I fear far more than death.
Onward, Christian soldiers, marching as to war, with the cross of Jesus going on before. Christ, the royal Master, leads against the foe; forward into battle see his banners go!
Crowns and thrones may perish, kingdoms rise and wane, but the church of Jesus constant will remain. Gates of hell can never gainst that church prevail; we have Christ’s own promise, and that cannot fail.