Whom do we fear God or man? The Benham brothers ask, “are we laying down our lives to be the blessing or are we protecting ourselves to get the blessing?” They go on to say “freedom is not the ability to get what you want, but it’s the ability to give what you have. When you do that you are truly free.”
It is easy to fear men because they have so much sway over us. We want to be accepted, to fit in. Some people may have viewpoints that differ radically from ours and this may make them hostile towards us but we should maintain our viewpoint (fear God) and still love them.
We need to remind ourselves that God offered his son for us while we were still sinners so that we can have eternal life. (Romans 5:8; John 3:16)
A final thought on the Benham brothers book, Whatever the Cost, concerning trusting and obeying. Be faithful by doing what God has called you to do in the present (the obeying part). Know that God is working to bring about his plans for your future (the trusting part).
Don’t worry, be faithful!