Boldness; October 8, 2018

2 Corinthians 3:12 Therefore, since we have such a hope, we are very bold.

I tend to be surprised at hesitant Christians. This verse would indicate that such an attitude shows they don’t understand the glory of the New Covenant by which they have been implanted in Christ, that Paul discusses just before this. “Bold” can be applied to a number of things, but the Japanese here specifically says “act boldly.” That was certainly Paul’s personality and lifestyle! Personality indeed has a lot to do with it, but fundamental convictions are of great importance, and that is what is touched on here. Paul famously told Timothy, “For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.” (2 Timothy 1:7) Timothy obviously didn’t have Paul’s personality, but he had the same Holy Spirit, and He is available to us all. I think this all ties in to what Jesus said: “If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels.” (Mark 8:38) “Adulterous and sinful” certainly sounds like the world today! Most people never witness actively for Christ because they are afraid of how people will react, fearing man instead of fearing God. They need a deeper appreciation of the glory and Spirit of God! We aren’t to be brash, running roughshod over people, but we need to be so settled in our faith and hope that we will never hesitate to speak the truth in love, (Ephesians 4:15) so that people may be set free. (John 8:32)

I’m talking to myself here! I do witness and I have introduced people to Christ for their salvation, but all too often I hold back, not wanting people to be turned off to me. See, the focus is on me! I am constantly telling believers to “lift their eyes to Jesus,” but I’m not consistent about it myself. When I fix the gaze of my heart on the glory of God, as Paul is talking about here, I will have no problem with boldness. The last song in yesterday’s service was Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus. I learned that song as a child, but I’m still not consistent about it. I want to be as bold as Paul and as loving as John, which will make me more like Jesus.

Father, thank You for this reminder. Thank You for all You are doing in, around, and through me. May I be so focused on You that boldness is never an issue, because I am totally and instantly responsive to whatever You want to say or do through me, for Your glory. Thank You. Praise God!

About jgarrott

Born and raised in Japan of missionary parents. Have been here as an adult missionary since 1981.
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