Baggage Claim Devotion
Fear – John 3:1-17
I was recently reminded of words from the great comedian Jerry Seinfeld:
“A recent survey stated that the average person’s greatest fear is having to give a speech in public. Somehow this ranked even higher than death which was third on the list. So, you’re telling me that at a funeral, most people would rather be the person in the coffin, than have to stand up and give a eulogy.”
While that may give us a chuckle, it’s quite true that we all fear someone or something. It may be something as tiny as bugs, as serious as war, as painful as illness, as devastating as disasters, or as final as death. If we’re honest with ourselves, sometimes we allow our fears to control our lives.
In my last devotion, I told you about the pending trip my wife and I were taking so that I could officiate an out-of-state St. Luke’s wedding. While at the airport, I noticed how our fear of the unknown and potential violence dictates the boarding procedures. Everyone has to show proper identification, everyone must go through metal detectors, and every bag has to be scanned. And obviously, no bag can be left unattended.
Of course, all of this is to ensure safety and to alleviate fear. Like you, I appreciate safety and security and the sense of peace when flying. But all the checkpoints and security guards pale in comparison to the peace of God, which passes all understanding (Phil. 4:7).
In John 3:1-17, Nicodemus is fearful of the new birth and new life that Jesus offers. As you read through their conversation, hear in Jesus’ words, the same offer to you. A life that shouldn’t fear the true meaning of growing closer to God, surrendering all, and being born again, from above. If you do and if you believe, it leads to something none of us have to fear… eternal life, which begins now!