Fear of Losing My Position

Let’s face it, none of us want to suffer loss. When we think of missing out on things that we think, feel or believe we should have, we fight to maintain that treasured thing. That may be a relationship, a house, a job, or a family heirloom. In this modern social media age, I would even go as far as to say people don’t want to lose their “status”.

I saw this last week in attempting to resolve a conflict between two sets of girls. Each group has posted things about one another on Instagram. This is what led to the eruption when they actually saw each other at school. When an administrator asked them how could they resolve it, they did not offer any viable suggestions. When he suggested that they “unfriend” each other, one girl expressed her unwillingness to do that as another commented about that would bring her status down. She had a Fear of Losing My Position.

Whether trivial or not, the challenge we all face is deciding whether we will suffer loss. We only willingly suffer loss when we value the contending person, ideal or thing greater than that which we will lose. That’s called opportunity cost in economic terms. The same choice faces us spiritually as well. In John 12, we see people who had a Fear of Losing My Position.

41 Isaiah said this because he saw Jesus’ glory and spoke about him.

42 Yet at the same time many even among the leaders believed in him. But because of the Pharisees they would not openly acknowledge their faith for fear they would be put out of the synagogue; 43 for they loved human praise more than praise from God.

Those believers, as Matthew Henry phrased it, had a struggle between their convictions and their corruptions. They believed in Jesus but were afraid of losing their position. They did not want to be put out of the synagogue. In that time, there was “status” by being in the synagogue. The Word of God says, “they loved human praise more than praise from God.” Anytime that we value the approval of man more than the approval of God, we will make decisions that align with carnal desires rather than eternal desires. This creates actions that are opposed and results in a Fear of Losing My Position.

Even though some of the religious leaders believed in Jesus, those leaders would not publicly proclaim it, because they were afraid to lose their position. Where are you? In a world where people don’t mind “coming out” such as Missouri Tigers defensive lineman Michael Sam, why are we afraid of “coming out” for Jesus? The same reason that the religious leaders were afraid to -“43 for they loved human praise more than praise from God.”

David Guzik asks, “Is it possible to be a secret follower of Jesus?” He also answers, “Only temporarily; either the secrecy will cancel out the belief, or the belief will cancel out the secrecy.” Where are you? Do you have a Fear of Losing My Position. If so, what are you afraid of losing for Christ?

In verses 44-50 of John 12, Jesus makes a last, passionate appeal to the multitude. A final appeal to believe in Him and not fear disgrace and damage. Today, I urge you to firmly believe in Jesus. Decide that you will not have a Fear of Losing My Position. Decide that you will love the praise of God more than the praise of man. He will reward you for your faith.

For further study, compare those who love the praise of men, Rom. 1:25, with those who love the praise of God, Rom. 2:29. Which end would you prefer? Choose wisely.


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