WORLDLY AND HEAVENLY PANIC


Do not be afraid of the one that can kill the body, but fear the one who can throw the body and soul in hell.  (Matt 10:28).

When you don't get what you want panic sets in. If you want it bad enough and it is out of reach there is an overwhelming sense of doom.

There are two kinds of panic: worldly panic and heavenly panic.

Just imagine your stuff being taken away: your talents, money, family, friends. Are you feeling the panic? That's worldly panic.

Then see how much you panic if you imagine heaven is taken from you, if you lost Jesus, if he abandoned you. That's heavenly panic. It should be worse. Much worse.

You will either have a worldly panic about something temporal or a heavenly panic about something eternal.

The Christian is one who, over time, panics less about what he or she may or may not get in this life and looks forward more to what will be in the next life. Eventually, as the Lord turns our eyes to him, we join with Paul. He had no worldly panic and, as his love of the world diminished, he had no heavenly panic either.

What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ (Phil 3:8)