“For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline. So never be ashamed to tell others about our Lord.” – 2 Timothy 1:7-8
I want to be bold. I want to live a life that makes a difference and one where people don’t have to wonder who I really am or what I believe. Boldness means openly, plainly, and with confidence. In Jesus, we see what boldness should be. But in Jesus we also see what boldness is not.
Arrogance is not the same thing as boldness. All it takes is a moment of self-righteousness and an attitude that says, “I am right. You are wrong,” to come off as arrogant. Boldness is not creating your own flashes of glory and pumping up your ego. Effective boldness waits and intently watches for opportunities composed by God, then seizes the moment. But when that moment happens, our palms begin to sweat and our heart starts pounding. All of a sudden something is caught in our throat. The truth is, being bold and courageous can be scary. Being bold can cause rejection. Being bold can bring hurt. Being bold could even bring you a little embarrassment. Being bold can be simply uncomfortable. I get it. But I also get this: winning someone to Jesus is worth all of those things.
Acts 28:31 says, “boldly proclaiming the Kingdom of God and teaching about the Lord Jesus Christ. And no one tried to stop him.” Sharing your faith doesn’t mean you have to go and evangelize every stranger you meet; sometimes God has one specific person on your path that He dedicated a single moment for. You could lead with, “Would you like to join me and my friends at church this Sunday?” Or we could stop and pray for them. Prayers and invitations are incredibly powerful tools where we simply act as avenues for God’s work. “After this prayer, the meeting place shook, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit. Then they preached the word of God with boldness.” (Acts 4:31)
We can be the messenger in our homes, our work places, to strangers and even on our social media outlets. These can all be useful ways to share the messages God has laid on your heart. Joshua 1:9 says, “This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
- What does being bold mean to you?
- What has God placed on your heart to share with others?
- What can we do this week to prepare ourselves for opportunities to share our story?