What does it mean to live a life of boldness?
Most of my life, I’ve been quite comfortable as a flower on the wall … with very rare moments of living boldly. The question was put on my heart lately — have I truly sat down and read the the Word has to say about living boldly? Barely … maybe a verse here and there. No, this doesn’t mean I’ll be going skydiving any time soon. Don’t let me stop you though. Through this post (or possible series), I hope to not only grow myself, but to help others along the way.
Be brave & bold – not chicken-hearted.
These are the wise words of a beloved grandfather; found in a family cookbook, presented in 1998; and in reference to trying out a new recipe or adding your own flare to a dish. Probably one of the few bold things I’ve done, but this quote can also be applied to life in general. I don’t know about you, but I don’t wish to have the heart of a chicken beating inside me (bok-bok, bok-bok, bok-bok …).
God chose us and is for us.
“What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies.” — Romans 8:31-33 (ESV)
Let’s start at the very beginning (a very good place to start) …
- We were chosen by God before the foundation of the world” (Ephesians 1:4), “predestined for adoption as sons [(and daughters)]” (verse 5).
- God also sent his only Son, Jesus Christ, to die for all and extended this gift to all.
- We then have a responsibility to accept or reject this gift. It is our choice.
Know these truths and hide them in your heart.
I love how the New Living Translation reads for verse 33.
“Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? No one — for God himself has given us right standing with himself.” — Romans 8:33 (NLT)
This is an excellent reminder as I (and we) chose to live boldly for Christ every day — at work, at school, at the grocery store, at the mall … everywhere in our community. Often times, I feel like my character generally shows this mindset (with a few bad days in between — no one’s perfect); however, when someone approaches me and ask “how?” or “why?”, I want to be able to explain this with audacity of who Jesus is to me. It is important to know the facts that I am chosen by God before my time, offered the gift of eternal through Jesus’ death, and that I have chosen to accept said gift; however, it is also important to hide these words in your heart so you can be reminded who you are in Christ when you stand up for your faith.
What about you? Where do you stand on these truths? Take a moment to reflect and just remember:
- You are chosen by God.
- Jesus died so that we can be with God forever.
- It is your choice to accept or reject these truths.
Soli Deo Gloria,