“He proclaimed the kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ—with all boldness and without hindrance!”Acts 28:31
Well, here we are at the end of our study of Acts. Paul is safely in Rome under house arrest awaiting trial.
So what does a man do while waiting trial? Plant vegetables? Write his memoir? Learn to cook?
Not Paul. At least not that we know. Paul, instead, continued preaching the Gospel & teaching people how to be followers of Jesus Christ. He may not be able to go out into the city to meet people but he was able to invite people to come visit him.
Paul remained bold and courageous in sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ regardless of his present circumstances. Whether on the road, a new city, under house arrest, shipwrecked Paul shared his faith story. He knew the Holy Spirit would give him the words to share while Jesus walked beside him each day.
At times in our own lives we know we should share the Gospel. We recognize some opportunities before us to tell someone our faith story but we do not always have the courage or boldness to step out in faith.
Excuses seem to appear out of no where at just the right moment. Fear pushes boldness out of the way to lead the way.
It can be scary to share one’s faith story. We may not think we ‘know enough’ before sharing. Or we fear rejection by people. Sharing does require a bit of vulnerability.
But we are not alone when we share our faith stories. The Holy Spirit gives us the words to share as with Paul. Jesus walks beside us as He did with Paul.
At New Year’s Eve last year a friend of mine shared with me two words God gave them for me: Bold & Courageous. They knew about the new chapter in my ministry I was about to embark on in 2021. They wanted to encourage me.
See, while I was prepared to begin the new adventure there was still some fear in me. I was excited but doubted how well I would do. What if I failed? What if I wasn’t ‘good enough’? I was scared.
Then I look to those two words: BOLD & COURAGEOUS
God is not sending me out alone. The Holy Spirit plants God’s Word deep into my soul so I have the words to share in person and online. Jesus stands beside me bringing peace to my heart so I remain bold and courageous in sharing the Gospel.
The same is true for you. God does not send you out on the journey to weather the storms alone. The Holy Spirit whispers the Word of God in your ear so you know what to share with others. Jesus stands beside you on the deck telling you of the great things that lay ahead.
This week spend time with God sharing what fears you have in sharing your own faith story. Let God plant the seeds of boldness and courage inside of you. Go wherever God leads full of bold courage just like Paul. No obstacle will get in your way. You’ll simply step around it.
This Week’s Challenge
Make a 2 Column chart. On 1 side list any fears you have about faith. On the opposite side write how God can change that fear to bold courage.