Contributed by Tim White, Next Generation Pastor at Image Church

Psalm 56:3-4 – When I am Afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I shall not be afraid.

One of the major spiritual battles that I face as I strive to serve and follow Jesus is fear. I struggle with the fear of the unknown, failing, what others may think of me, and of losing control. We all have fears that affect our level of commitment to trusting and following Jesus. God’s Word tells us that when we are afraid, we are to put our trust in Him. His words we are to praise, and we will not be afraid. In Him we will have courage to do what is right, even when we are afraid.

Throughout the month of March, our i-kids Discovery Land classes (K-5th) have been learning about what it means to have courage. They are learning that courage is being brave enough to do the right things, even when they are afraid. We looked at people who faced tough and frightening tasks in their lives in order to help us see how we can have courage in Jesus today.

People like:

  • David – who faced the giant Goliath when no one else would (1 Samuel 17:1-50)
  • Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego – who faced the fiery furnace for refusing to bow to an idol (Daniel 3)
  • Esther – who faced the fear of death by going before the King to helps the Jews (Esther 4; 5:1-8; 7:1-6; 8:3-8)
  • Daniel – who faced the lions in the lion’s den for praying to God. (Daniel 6:1-23)

We had many good responses from the kids on how they are finding courage in God and facing their fears. One 4th grader even shared how she has a friend whose family doesn’t believe in Jesus, and she was afraid that if she shared Jesus with her, she would lose her as a friend. This 4th grader knew that it was more important to share with her friend the truth and found the courage to share Jesus with her.  As a teacher and Pastor to our children at Image, I am excited and full of great joy to see how God is working in our kids’ lives, and the passion that they have for Him. Our kids understand what it means to follow Jesus – to risk it all to make Jesus famous.  As a church body, we need to continue to encourage them and teach them how to live a life that is pleasing to God.

Our children need to see that we have the courage to follow Jesus. We should not allow fear to keep us from following Jesus. He had courage to follow the will of the Father, which led to His death on a cross for us. Do you have the courage to risk it all for the one who gave you life, so that He can be made famous?  God gives courage to those who put their trust in Him!


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