By Landon Dial

Boldness is something that a lot, if not most, people in our culture view as a positive characteristic to possess. It is typically equated to someone standing up and saying the one thing that no one else is willing to say. However, boldness is not just a cultural characteristic that we look for in people but also a very biblical characteristic that every believer should pray for. Acts chapter 4 demonstrates what biblical boldness looks like. At this point, Peter and John are standing before the council of religious Jews including the high priest because the religious people do not like that Peter and John are proclaiming Jesus. This passage begins with a powerful verse about boldness. 

Acts 4:13 says, “Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus.” 

It was Peter and John’s boldness that declared to the religious people that these two men were not just some well scholared religious people who had believed the stories of a man named Jesus; rather these were two men who had been with Jesus. This simply astonished the religious leaders. They did not know what to say to Peter and John because they saw their boldness. Standing next to them was a man who was a paralytic until Peter and John prayed that he would be healed in Jesus’ name and he was! Boldness is powerful.

The question that I believe needs to be answered by all believers is “Who have you been with?” When people encounter us on a day-to-day basis do they recognize us because we have been with Jesus or do they recognize us because we have been with other things? Maybe people recognize us by having been with sports. Maybe people recognize us by having been with social media. Maybe they recognize us by having been with the wrong friend group. What if instead of being recognized as having been with all of the things of this world, we were recognized as having been with Jesus? What if we were so bold about the Gospel and about what Jesus has done in our lives that when people encountered us they would have to recognize that we have been Jesus and that we are filled by the Holy Spirit? 

Over the next several days, let’s find moments to be bold about Jesus throughout the day. It could be having that conversation with your coworker that you know the Holy Spirit is telling you to have. It could be asking the waiter or waitress at the restaurant you are at if they have anything you could pray for them about. Whatever it looks like, ask the Holy Spirit to show you ways you can be bold over the next several days, and watch as it becomes a natural habit for you to be bold about your faith by sharing the Gospel and the love of Jesus everywhere you go!

May 1, 2024