Be Bold

Aug 3, 2017 by

Be Bold

2 Corinthians 3:12 (ESV) “Since we have such a hope, we are very bold.”

I sometimes marvel at the earliest Christians. Specifically, the first century apostles, who took the Gospel of Jesus, to the ends of the known world at the time. They were all persecuted and suffered severely, because of their work in the cause of Christ, and were either executed or died in exile, because of their boldness in proclaiming the Gospel.

Christians today are mostly more meek than bold like those in the first century. We’re told by our current culture to, “keep it to ourselves.” And it’s true, we’re so much in the minority today, that people are fearful of being up-front about their faith in Christ. The Gospel of Jesus just doesn’t work in our “enlightened” politically correct world today. Tim Tebow prays in public, and gets laughed at and mocked. Bruce Jenner puts on a dress, and gets a congratulatory call from the President. The dichotomy astounds me, but I know the Bible prophesied about a time when such would happen (1 Timothy 4:1). But, how would the Gospel have made it all the way from Calvary, to Texas so I personally could be saved, if not for people who did not “keep it to themselves.” I thank God for the boldness of Christians throughout the centuries, who bravely told people about the critical need for Jesus, and that He is truly the only path to heaven (John 14:6).

I ruminate sometimes on what the first century Apostles would be like in today’s world. Especially someone like the Apostle Paul, who wore the Gospel on his shirt sleeve. Paul never stopped preaching the Gospel openly, and established churches from Jerusalem to Spain. Paul suffered numerous beatings and imprisonments, but kept openly telling people about Jesus, right up until Emperor Nero had him decapitated. I wonder if Paul were alive today, what his Facebook page would look like. I’m certain anyone reading it would know immediately that he was a follower of Christ, and that he would share the Gospel boldly without fear.

The fact is, Christians are commanded by Jesus directly not to, “keep it to themselves.” We were given the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20) to go forth and tell the whole world about His Gospel. That doesn’t mean just doing good deeds or humanitarian efforts. Sure, Christians are to do good deeds, but proclaiming the Gospel is not taking food to the food bank or doing disaster relief work. Proclaiming the Gospel is telling people that, “while they were yet sinners, Christ came and died for them” (Romans 5:8). People need Jesus desperately! No one is righteous on their own merit (Romans 3:23). All people have fallen short of the glory of God, and only through faith in Jesus Christ, can someone have the eternal hope of being with God and His people (Ephesians 2:8-9).

I’m just so grateful that someone put up with my personal wretched arrogance, and had the patience to persevere, in telling me about the Gospel of Jesus. I shutter to think of the alternative had I not accepted Jesus as my savior while in this life.

To that end, I hope I can do likewise for as many others as possible. Or as the Apostle Paul said:

Ephesians 6:18 (ESV) “To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel.”

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