Be Bold

1 Thessalonian 2:2 

But though we had already suffered and been shamefully treated at Philippi, as you know, we had boldness in our God to declare to you the gospel of God in the midst of much conflict.

Every day I teach my children to be kind to others.  I teach them that we are to love Jesus and love others.  It is the commandment that was given to us in the New Testament.  It is the law of grace.

The last few weeks I have been studying Beth Moore’s study Children of the Day.  In the first couple weeks I have realized that I have closed myself off to much of the world.  It wasn’t purposeful but I have very little contact with the outside world.  Being a stay at home mom my focus is my children at all times and we attend most functions that are put on by church.  Most of our friends are people from our church so that means most of our play dates are with other children from our church.  As time has gone on we have managed to seclude ourselves from non-Christians.

In 2 Corinthians 11:23-28 Paul talks about the different trials he has been through.  It says that three times he was beaten with a rod, once he was pelted with stones, and he went without food and water at times.  This was just a few instances of the trials he went through but in 1 Thessalonian he says that although they have suffered tremendously, he continued to go in boldness to preach the gospel.

I am not bold when it comes to spreading the gospel.  I am meek… you could even call me timid.  I have had opportunities to tell people about Jesus and I have done it with concern of what they may think or that they may reject me.  This does not even come anywhere close to what Paul would call bold… worse, the way that those people may have rejected me was nowhere near what Paul had already been through.  What does that say about me?

I teach my children to be polite, which is a good thing, but I want them to be bold in their faith.  I want them to be able to tell people about Jesus and not be afraid of their rejection.  I want them to understand that there is so much worse that they could suffer than a personal rejection from a stranger or a friend.  But most of all, I want to teach them by being that example.  I want to be BOLD in my walk for Christ.  I want to look towards people and be able to tell them that I walk for Jesus because my God goes before me.

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