Do not be afraid of those who can kill the body but cannot kill the soul.
Igor was thrilled to go to Cameroon on a mission trip. He loved to preach the gospel; it didn’t matter to him where. All he knew about Cameroon, however, was there were witchdoctors there. Igor very much wanted to see a witchdoctor. After two weeks of preaching in remote villages, he got his wish. A procession of witchdoctors came right through the center of the village. Off the side, as if he was supervising, stood the biggest and fiercest-looking one. Igor surreptitiously tried to take his picture.
The subject of his photo saw him and didn’t like it. He raised his nine-foot long spear and charged at Igor and one of his friends. They had only seconds to make a decision. If they ran, it would negate all the preaching they had done, preaching that explained that Jesus is more powerful than the witchdoctors. But a very angry man with a very long spear was running their way. All they could think of to do was shout “Jesus is Lord” and wait to see what happened. Maybe the witchdoctor would kill them, but they knew they couldn’t run away.
“Jesus is Lord!” they shouted. The witchdoctor kept running. “Jesus is Lord!” The witchdoctor ran even faster, shaking his spear. He was almost on top of Igor and his friend. “Jesus is Lord!” The witchdoctor fell to the ground and started twitching. Igor and his friend saw this as a good time to join the rest of their group in the van and drive away.
We say Jesus is Lord, but we don’t always act as if we believe it. We hear news of financial crashes, terrorist threats, or government actions we find threatening. We become fearful and anxious, worrying about our safety, our future, and our lives.
If Jesus is Lord, than He is more powerful than any government, more powerful than any terrorist, more powerful than any fear. We need not be afraid of all of these; our Lord is Lord of all.