Courage is a big deal in the Christian life. Courage is the first and greatest element of Christian character. As Clara Booth Luce observed, “Courage is the ladder on which all the other virtues mount.” Merely knowing what is right, honest, and true isn’t enough. Courage enables a person to act on those things.
Last Sunday we saw how courage enabled Joshua to embrace God’s calling on his life and lead Israel in the conquest of Canaan. In a few weeks we will see how courage enabled David to bounce back from a devastating defeat. We will also talk about Esther who risked it all to save her people. Finally, we will learn from Peter how to make a comeback after a meltdown.
Someone once said, “Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” Don’t let fear make you its prisoner, a hostage living a shriveled up version of the life God planned for you. Be a person of faith, for faith is the antithesis of fear. Make it your goal to be a courageous Christian, and live life large to the glory of God!