Sometimes the Lord asks us to have bold faith when we least expect it, in the most inconvenient and undesirable of situations, doesn’t He?
He might convict us to invite a coworker to church. Or perhaps He gives us the opportunity to share the gospel with a stranger.
How do you respond when God asks you to do the unexpected and uncomfortable?
Maybe you question God and then wait for Him to change His mind. Or ignore Him altogether.
(Sigh.) I sure have.
I cringe at the thought of all the lost people I’ve left stranded in despair because I’ve focused on myself instead of focusing on Jesus. Of all the people that might miss their opportunity to accept Jesus as their savior because I rejected boldness for the safety of blah.
Christian women can live a bold life because of Christ.
“In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him” (Ephesians 3:12, KJV).
We believers have the power to live a bold faith. It’s not a personality trait we are born with or an attribute that takes practice and persistence.God’s children have the privilege of boldness because of their unique relationship with Him.Click To Tweet
Unfortunately we can’t always see this special right. We get so caught up establishing and protecting a temporary life on earth that we neglect serving others and building up our forever home in Heaven.
…We don’t share the gospel with friends and family because we dread their rejection.
…We turn down a ministry opportunity that God clearly wants us to take because we doubt His ability to work through it.
…We avoid telling the unsaved about their only hope because we fear what they will think.
Will you say something with me?
This Earth is not our home.
You struggle with believing this in every morsel of your mind, body, and soul, don’t you?
I do too.
But that doesn’t change the fact that we get only one final destination—heaven or hell.
Your neighbor. Your brother. The friendly girl you buy your coffee from each week. The boss that drives you crazy. The homeless man begging for money. Your child’s teacher.
They have a choice.We cannot afford to live anything less than a bold faith. Where lies abound, we need to share the truth.Click To Tweet
God will give us boldness.
Are you willing to accept the type of boldness only our Heavenly Father can offer?
It’s hard. I know.Our enemy fights against us, using human thoughts to sabotage our capacity to believe in the supernatural ability of our God.Click To Tweet
…fear and dread trap you?
…self-doubt leave you feeling incapable?
…the desire for acceptance and personal success make you immovable?
I get it.
Last week at the wake of my aunt I experienced the freeze that comes when you hear God asking you to do something but you can’t quite figure out how you’re going to do it. (Rather, how He’s going to do it.)
I could feel the pain of those mourning the premature death of a women who struggled her whole life. It became obvious that many of them lacked the hope and peace that only Christ provides. As I watched tears fall and empty eyes stare into nothingness, I knew what God was asking me to do.
Will you take my boldness, Crystal? Will you use it to help the lost find their way?
I rejected Him at first. But as the hopelessness in that room grew denser I couldn’t hide a peace meant to be shared.
At the grave site I poured out my heart for the Lord to a bunch of people I never met. I didn’t have anything written down. No invitation from the family to say a few words (though I did ask permission). But I did have boldness from the Lord.
How can you live boldly for the Lord?
I wish there was some magic to all of this. (There isn’t.) However, we can prepare for a bold faith. We can pursue our purpose of living for Him.
1. Pray for boldness.
Paul did. In Ephesians 6:19-20 he prayed:
“…that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly…[and] that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.”
In Acts 4:9, the disciples asked for boldness too. Acts 4:31 tells us that “…they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness” as a result of their prayer.
Moments before I spoke about Jesus at the cemetery, I prayed for God to strip me of my doubts and fears and to fill me with unearthly courage. And you know what? He did. If you dare to ask He’ll do the same for you.
2. Seek opportunities to be bold.
No other book in the Bible talks more about boldness than Acts. The book details the ministry of Jesus’ followers as they search and find chances to tell others about Jesus in cities, synagogues, and . As opportunities unfold, so does their boldness:
- “Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John… (Acts 4:13)”
- “Then Paul and Barnabas waxed bold… (Acts 13:16)”
- “Long time therefore abode they speaking boldly in the Lord… (Acts 14:3)”
Maybe your boldness won’t be preaching to an entire city or an impromptu confession of your soul to complete strangers at a funeral. Boldness doesn’t have to be that big. Find the places where God needs you to work.
Leave a tract for your child’s teacher in her/her Christmas card. Invite unsaved family and friends to church on Easter. It’s okay to start small.
3. Focus on eternity in order to live boldly.
Paul didn’t strive for worldly gains or the comfort of acceptance. He willingly suffered as he lived boldly for Christ. People rejected and persecuted him and yet he relentlessly endured. Why?
Because he had confidence in an undeniable truth that many miss as they seek to win here on earth.God claimed victory when His son overcame death and us followers of Christ will experience the bounty of that triumph when we get to heaven.Click To Tweet
When you feel like you have much to lose by being bold, think of all you gain because of God’s love for you. Rejection doesn’t take it away. Fear can’t steal it either.
If there was a trick to living boldly, we would find it in Philippians 1:20-21, where Paul said:
“According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body; whether it be by life, or by death. For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.”
You see, Paul understood this:Our temporary home gives us the chance to receive and share God’s glory, but our eternal home gives us opportunity to reside in His glory.Click To Tweet
How much greater is living boldly in God’s glory rather than running away from it towards our own glory!