No fear! That’s a popular slogan today. But is it really wise to have no fear? If you walk a tightrope over Niagra Falls some fear would be helpful to keep you alert. Scripture says we’re to fear God. If you’re not saved, you should fear God’s judgement enough to get saved.
There’s another fear every Christian needs. That is the fear of mediocrity. Our word mediocre comes from the Latin medius, which gives us two other words, “medium” meaning not too hot, not too cold, and median, which sits in the middle of the road.
Medium strength, middle of the road, Christians are mediocre because they use their time in mediocre ways. They don’t attempt things out of the ordinary. They won’t leave the comfort zone. They are not willing to take the risks, develop the discipline, and make the commitments necessary to rise above mediocrity.
The prospect of such a life should make us fear. Jesus said he would spew the lukewarm from his mouth. Let the fear of being mediocre be a powerful motivation to you right now to redeem the time.
Rick Grubbs is best known as the host of “Redeeming the Time,” a one-minute radio program featured on hundreds of radio outlets around the world. He has spoken thousands of times on Biblical time management in all 50 states and 26 other countries. He is the author of the book “Morning Momentum: God’s plan for launching an unstoppable day”. He and his wife Carrie live in Salisbury NC with several of their 12 children.