Bold As Love

The wicked flee when no one is pursuing,
But the righteous are bold as a lion.

Proverbs 28:1 NASB

For God did not give us a spirit of timidity or cowardice or fear, but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of sound judgment and personal discipline [abilities that result in a calm, well-balanced mind and self-control].

2 Timothy 1:7 AMP

After they found out that Peter and John had no education or special training, they were surprised to see how boldly they spoke. They realized that these men had been with Jesus.

Acts 4:13 GW

You may be familiar with 1 Corinthians 13.

It’s the love chapter.

You’ll hear it quoted at weddings.

But it’s not talking about romantic love.

It’s talking about spiritual gifts.

And the greatest spiritual gift is the ability to love like God does.

I’ve been meditating on different themes in Scripture lately.

Respect, humility and boldness.

How do they all work together to further the spread of the Gospel?

They have to be grounded and rooted in love.

There’s only one good reason to evangelize the Kingdom of God.

Because you love people.

And you want to see them set free.

I’m operating with a personal bias that wants to make disciples of everyone around me.

I’m learning not everyone wants to be a disciple at this moment in time.

But that’s not going to stop me from speaking the truth.

I’ll just save my pearls and nuggets of wisdom for those that truly hunger and thirst for righteousness.

The thing is, you never know where someone is at unless you ask them.

Or God tells you.

I remember being out on the streets doing street ministry.

Sometimes, God will highlight a person and say, “He’s ready.”

That tells me to be bold in my faith and lovingly share the Good News with my new friend who I’m about to meet and introduce to Jesus.

Other times, He says, “He’s not ready.”

Then, I just respectfully engage the person in conversation and show genuine care and concern for them as a person.

That builds a sense of trust and relationship.

It’s still planting a seed.

Only it’s being a witness as opposed to evangelism.

I don’t want to bowl people over with my faith who are not ready to receive it with an open mind and an open heart.

The Lord has graced me with the mantle of prophetic evangelism.

Someone I had never met before came up to me during worship at a church I was visiting for the first time and prophesied that over me.

That was a few years ago.

Since then, I’ve been endeavoring to learn more and exercise my gifts.

It certainly keeps life interesting.

And that little word of prophecy really helped confirm the direction I was heading.

I enjoy talking to strangers.

And I enjoy steering those conversations to Christ.

And when someone doesn’t know you, you can just be yourself because you’re not trying to maintain some outward image.

If they don’t like you, fine. Move on. No major loss.

Why present a false front to people who will only be disappointed later when the real you shows up eventually and dashes their expectations?

I say that God respects honesty.

After all, He cannot lie.

We can safely confess our sins to Him.

And He will faithfully forgive us.

It’s no big surprise to God that we sin.

He created us.

He knows.

He even lived among us as a human.

He knows.

It’s not easy.

Only Jesus Christ lived a perfectly sinless life.

And He sacrificed that life to redeem us back to God.

Rightfully, He was the only one who could have perfect, uninterrupted fellowship with the Father.

And He shares that inheritance with us in the here and now.

Don’t wait until the afterlife to enjoy the eternal riches of glory that Christ freely gives us.

Now is the time to live the abundant life.

When you know God, when you walk with God, when you truly appreciate the grace and mercy given by Christ unto your salvation, you can’t hide the fruit.

The love, joy, peace, etc. that comes from abiding in Christ overflow out of your inner being.

That’s true riches.

And they’re not for you.

They’re for you to share.

Share His love.

Share His joy.

Share His peace.

This life He gave us is to be shared as an offering back to Him.

A wise friend of mine once said, “Pursue your calling, not your potential.”

Your calling is found in Christ.

Pursue God, and everything else will naturally work out.

When anxiety and worry show up at your door, give it back to God and wield your sword.

The Word of God is that sword.

It cuts away the lies and reveals the truth.

The truth is Jesus purchased you with His blood.

You belong to God.

He is your Father.

And Father knows best.

Ask Him everyday, “Lord, what would you have me do for You today?”

“I want you to share My love with them.”

Who are they?

My neighbors.

Everyone I see.

Their hearts are crying out.

Erase this false reality.

And give us hope.

To make it another day.

In Christ Jesus we pray.

Amen.

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