Courageous faith starts with an equally courageous perspective–a risky one, like the apostle Paul’s, that lays it all on the line. The decision to be God’s man is a course that has no equal. It is the highest possible privilege and calling for every man. Practically, it is this commitment that helps us stand up to the fire, prevail over temptation, and eliminate the fear of others.
Most profoundly, this commitment motivates us to live for an audience of one.
None of us are permitted to insist on our own
way in these matters. It’s God we are answerable
to–all the way from life to death and everything
in between–not each other. That’s why Jesus
lived and died and then lived again: so that he
could be our Master across the entire range of life
and death, and free us from the petty tyrannies of
each other. (ROMANS 14:7-9, MSG)