Do you think we should live bold for the Lord the way Peter and John did?
My personality has been pretty bold all my life so when I got saved at 35 that boldness went into my journey with the Lord. I talked to everyone about Him and it was mostly my religious friends who told me to "tone it down, I was going to offend". A couple of them were Sunday School teachers at different churches.
Oh, I know it important to live right before others so hopefully they can tell I am different, but while I am living right I want to let my light shine with the words that come out of my mouth. God did not leave the task of telling others about Jesus to the rock and trees or animals, He left it to those of us who claim to be His.
Boldness about Jesus is not red faced passion or impenetrable extroversion. Rather, it has to do with speaking--which is not so much about how we speak, but in what we say about Jesus, even when we presume our hearers won't be happy with it.
In Acts 4: the Jewish leaders were disturbed because this Jesus who they killed proclaimed to be the long awaited Messiah. Peter and John boldly carried on with that truth, Jesus was the long awaiting Messiah who was crucified, died and resurrected and any one who believes that will have the same blessing of being resurrected from the dead. Oh, that made those religious leaders furious.
What made it worst in the Jewish leaders eyes was the ones teaching this were fishermen, uneducated, not leaders in the Temple, common men and they were doing it boldly without fear.
Peter and John continued to heal people, preached the gospel and were arrested and escorted to stand trial before the same court that condemned Jesus, better known as the professionals of that day.
The religious leaders fired one after another questions at Peter and John. At one point, (Acts 4:11-12 Peter answered, "hear me loud and clear, Jesus is behind this work." This Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you the builders, which has become the cornerstone . and there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.
I love this short video clip and re-watch it often because it gives me courage to be bold and clear about my Savior, Jesus Christ.
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