Well if Jesus had the fear of man, He would have never taught anything contrary to what the modern day teachers were teaching. It was Leonard Ravenhill who said “if Jesus preached like we preach today, He would have never been killed.” He definitely would have played it safein His speaking and relationships with leaders.
If Jesus had the fear of rejection, He would have worked extra hard to please the crowds. He would have only said and done things that the crowd would approve of so He could receive affirmation to counter balance His fear of rejection. He probably would have had to water down His life to be more acceptable. He would have worked too hard not to be misunderstood.
If He had the fear of being alone, He would have never spent any time alone in prayer and meditation. He would have needed to be around people all the time and would have missed out on the refreshing and refilling times of quietness and solitude.
If He had a fear of the future He would have never gone to the cross. How painful a sacrifice to endure knowing that only some would receive the free gift of salvation purchased with His death and resurrection.
One could conclude that if Jesus lived in places of fear, His impact would have greatly diminished! His followers fickle, His leadership lasting one generation, His legacy common, His courage non-existent, His life and ministry invisible…..little to no lasting change.
Did I just describe my legacy? Your legacy? Churches legacy?
I can only speak for me, I need to ramp it up and live a life of FAITH in even greater measure! Enough of the fear, perfect love casts out all fear, so invite God who is love into those places of fear and see faith rise up!