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What do we value most?

What do we value the most? That's a pretty straightforward question. The answer is crucial. It's a question Ed Welch deals with frequently in his book Running Scared: 

Whatever is most important is the thing that rules us.

What we fear reveals what we value. It reveals our ultimate allegiance: the kingdom of God or another kingdom. If we fear the opinions of others, it may reveal that we fear those opinions more than God. If we fear illness, it may reveal that we value our bodies more than we value God. If we fear the loss of a career or a name for ourselves (or perhaps fearing that we will never have those things) it could reveal that we are seeking our own kingdom and not God's.

The things which are valuable in the kindgom of the world, things like wealth, fame, health, beauty, or money, can be lost. If we fear too much the loss of those things, it means we love them too much. Those things are temporal, and will not last. Deep down, we know we can lose those things. But that is not true of God's kingdom. If we are part of the kingdom, our Father will never take it from us.

Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has chosen gladly to give you the kingdom. (Luke 12:32 NASB).

This is the one thing we can be assured we will not lose.

Have you ever sat down and thought of what life in the kingdom is supposed to look like? What complete loyalty to God looks like? When our fears become a problem, it may reveal a divided loyalty, which is no loyalty at all. Our allegiance determines much about our lives. It determines how we live in private and in front of others. 

When we fear, we should do more than ask God to take those fears away. When we feel fear building up in us, we should take time to ask ourselves what our fears say about what we value. Are we living as if we are loyal to God'a kingdom?

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