My husband loves to play a game called Temple Run. It’s basically a person running along a path collecting coins and treasure along the way. But they never stop running and you have to direct them to turn, duck and jump along the way. And the whole time they’re running there’s this big scary Gorilla thing chasing them. And if they trip, fall or slow down they’ll be eaten up.
I hate being chased, which is why I don’t play video games. But the other day I was thinking about this game and how this big scary Gorilla can feel like a shadow of our past that’s constantly following us around. And here we are constantly running after Jesus trying to stay on the path collecting the gold and treasure along the way to prove ourselves a winner. But is this how Jesus intended us to live? Are we supposed to be running in the fear that we might be caught out by our past mistakes and failures? Are we worried that if we ever stop we’ll get swallowed up and lost forever in our fears and shame?
Here’s the good news – we don’t have to run anywhere to find Jesus. Here’s already here, with us and in us. And because he is in us we now have the same power and authority that Jesus has (Eph. 1:19-20). If we know what power we have we won’t be afraid anymore. We’ll realise that Jesus has already out run that shadow behind us and overcome it. So we don’t have to keep running away from it. We can stop running in fear and start standing in faith.
We don’t have to live with a shadow of fear on our backs. We don’t have to be afraid of what might happen if we ever look back. Our fear, shame and failures have already lost the game. Jesus won our battle for us on the Cross. We have the power of salvation which enables us to remove the shadow from our lives.
If you’re living in fear of what’s behind you just remember – Jesus has already won! You don’t have to run anymore. You don’t have to collect any more gold coins to prove your worth to God. He has already given you the prize – salvation! Knowledge is power. By knowing who Jesus is you’ll learn who your really are* and start to living in freedom from fear.
* “This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” 2 Corinthians 5:17