28 Don’t fear those who kill the body but are not able to kill the soul; rather, fear him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. 29 Aren’t two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them falls to the ground without your Father’s consent. 30 But even the hairs of your head have all been counted.
Have you ever tried to please someone even though it meant your beliefs would be compromised? I know I have. Peer pressure or difficult circumstances can lead us to go against our beliefs—and the consequences can be devastating.
In this passage, our Lord Jesus is sending His disciples to the lost sheep of Israel to announce, “The kingdom of heaven has come near” (Matthew 10:7). He also tells them that the road ahead will be hard. Persecution will take place. The people will turn against them and malign them because of Him. Our Lord is telling them, “If they have called the head of the household Beelzebul, how much more the members of his household!” (Matthew 10:25). But our Lord also makes them aware of how to respond to what is coming by saying, “Don’t fear those who kill the body but are not able to kill the soul; rather, fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Fear the Lord! (Matthew 10:28).
The Lord our God knows His entire creation intimately. He is all knowing, and nothing escapes His knowledge. Not even a sparrow falls down to the ground without His consent. He knows how many hairs we have on our head at any given time! (Matthew 10:29-30)
So why fear those who do not know us in the same way as our Lord does? Nowadays, in a post-Christian world, standing for our Lord and His teachings may be difficult. When your boss asks you to do something against your Christian beliefs and if you don’t follow, your job may be at stake. You may think about compromising. Or when your friend or neighbor is living in sin and asks you to approve of their lifestyle, you may give in because you don’t want to offend them.
But this is when we need to stand firm in the Truth. We are called to be the light of the world (Matthew 5:4) and to “Always be ready to give a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you. However, do this with gentleness and respect, keeping your conscience clear” (1 Peter 3:15-16).
Our Lord Jesus was despised and humiliated for our sake. He suffered for our iniquities and gave His life willingly in our place. He never wavered, nor was He ashamed of us. Let’s show Him we love Him by standing firm in His love for us!
Questions to Ask Yourself
- Lack of knowledge of the Scriptures can cause us to be drawn away from the truth. Are you in the Word daily?
- Who around you needs to hear the Truth?
- Sometimes we confuse judging with speaking the truth. Are you able to speak the truth with confidence without judging?