Lately, I’ve been reading through Philippians and have been really curious at how bold Paul is. I really admire the Apostle Paul; maybe it’s because I aspire to be more bold or have that same real, deep level of faith. It must have been tough being imprisoned for faith.
“For I fully expect and hope that I will never be ashamed, but that I will continue to be bold for Christ, as I have in the past.” Philippians 1:20
But how do we become bold?
One thing I’m grateful for is the constant, nurturing way God works within me, and the fact that these good works will continue until Jesus’ resurrection. (Philippians 1:6)
I can be bold, you can be bold; we all can, because we have the special favour of God, but of course we have a multitude more than that. The same power that raised Christ from the dead lives in us! We always have the Holy Spirit with us!
From my reflections on Philippians, Paul’s suggestion is that the ability to be bold comes from the willingness to sacrifice.
“But I will rejoice even if I lose my life, pouring it out like a liquid offering to God, just like your faithful service is an offering to God. And I want all of you to share that joy.” Philippians 2:17
Although we usually can see what steps boldness requires of us, it’s the potential cost that renders us unable to step out in faith. Jesus’ most bold move was when he hung on the cross like a criminal to save this dying world.
I’m hoping I won’t be hanging on a cross anything soon, but somehow I think sacrifices will still be required if I am to make a bold move for God’s purpose.
This is the verse I need to listen to and maybe you do too: “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done” (Philippians 4:6, NLT)
Invite Sunday is coming up for our church on Sunday November 8th. This is a great opportunity to practice being bold, even with the sacrifices that might be required. To boldly step out and invite that friend you have been praying for at church, you may need to sacrifice your comfort zone. To strike up a conversation that goes beyond the surface level, you may need to sacrifice some extra time. To be bold and extend the invitation to our special service, you may need to sacrifice your pride and risk rejection.