Bold: (adjective) showing or requiring a fearless, daring spirit. It takes bravery and 100% full trust to be bold. It is not something often described as easy. However, as a Christian, we are called to be bold for Christ. In this blog, we are going to discuss examples of people who lived their life boldly and what that exactly means for own lives.
Thankfully, God gives us several examples of what it means to be bold. Peter, a disciple, was known for his boldness. He showed time and time again just how bold he was willing to be for Christ. In Luke 5:10-11, Peter made a bold decision to give up and leave the life he had known as a fisherman to follow a guy he had just met, Jesus. This took incredible faith and trust that Jesus was, in fact, the son of God.
Later in Mathew 14:22- 33, Peter took his faith in Jesus and his boldness a step further. He was on a boat in the middle of the water with some of the other disciples. They saw a figure walking on the water towards them who claimed to be Jesus. Peter called to him in verse 28 saying, “Lord, if it’s really you, tell me to come to you, walking on the water.” Jesus called and he stepped out onto the water, boldly. However, Peter was still human, so he looked at the raging water and began to panic. He called out to Jesus to save him from sinking. Jesus immediately reached out to him and said in verse 31, “You have so little faith. Why did you doubt me?” Jesus asks us the same thing. Why such little faith? Why doubt? All we need to do is trust boldly in God. He will do the rest. Just like us, Peter was not always perfect but the important thing is that he consistently tried to take a bold stand for God.
We too are called by Jesus to go bold and follow him. However, it would be very hard and rather impossible for us to be bold all on our own. We need God’s help. There are three keys to making the decision to go bold for Christ. First, we have to realize that Jesus is the only way. We can not do it on our own. We are simply not good enough. There are no amount of good deeds or nice things that we can do to earn our way to heaven. In John 14:6 Jesus says, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” Second, we have to believe and realize that Jesus can be trusted. I get it, trust is hard, but Jesus truly has each and every one of our best interests at heart. He has such a beautiful plan for our lives. We just have to close our eyes and trust fall into his gracious, loving arms. Lastly, Jesus is for everyone and we have to go boldly and tell others of this good news. It can be hard or scary to tell others about Jesus or try to live out a life that is pleasing to God, but we must be bold. Whenever I need a reminder that God has called me to tell others about him and need an extra push of boldness, I turn to Matthew 5:14-16. “You are the light of the world- like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.” We can not shy away and hide the light that God has given each of us. It is time to Go Bold.
Posted on Tue, April 23, 2019
by Marilou Braswell