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The Bible has a lot to say about the fear of the Lord. For example, God tells us that fearing Him is clean (Psalm 19:9), the beginning of wisdom (Psalm 111:10; Proverbs 9:10), the beginning of knowledge (Proverbs 1:7), to hate evil (Proverbs 8:13), a strong confidence (Proverbs 14:26), and a fountain of life (Proverbs 14:27). Generally speaking, it seems this subject is not emphasized as much today as in years past. Perhaps this is because so many Christians today have a more “casual” view of God. Even though there are many who do not see the need to fear the Lord, the Lord is to be greatly feared because He is the God of the universe. Fearing God involves a healthy respect and reverence for Him, coupled with a strong hatred of evil. God’s Word makes it abundantly clear that there is tremendous wisdom in fearing God and keeping His commandments. Something that may not be quite as clear is how this truth relates to worldwide missions. Is there a direct association between fearing the Lord and reaching the world? Yes! The Apostle Paul makes possibly the most obvious connection in 2 Corinthians 5:11 where he writes, “Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men.” As we look at the context of 2 Corinthians 5:11, I believe it becomes apparent that one of the main reasons Paul was so motivated to persuade men was because he feared the Lord. First, Paul had a reverence of the Lord. He knew that God is not only a God of love but also a God of judgment. Those who are without Christ are at enmity with God. Their sin has separated them from the God Who loves them. If they die without Jesus Christ as their Savior, they will stand before God at the Great White Throne Judgment. The eternal destiny of a lost person is a literal Hell—a subject Jesus spoke about many times. The reality of such a place motivated Paul to preach the message “be ye reconciled to God” (2 Corinthians 5:20b). He reminds the Corinthians (and us) that we are ambassadors for Christ (2 Corinthians 5:20a) and we have been given the ministry of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:18b). If we truly fear God, we will be motivated to tell a lost world that through Jesus Christ they can be made a friend of God. Second, Paul had a readiness to meet the Lord. He knew his earthly house would soon be dissolved and he would then be clothed with an eternal house which is