2010-01-25 - Untapped Boldness
"Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me, so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should." Ephesians 6:19-20
I am sitting in a dentist's waiting room, filling out paperwork, trying to ignore the loud noise coming from a nearby television. The blaring news segment is on the voodoo beliefs of many living in Haiti. I considered getting up and turning the volume down, or asking for the channel to be changed, but lacked the boldness to do so. Partly afraid it would be taken out on me while sitting in the dental chair, the other part of me was just scared.
I admit to not being as bold and confident person as I would like, and not just in medical offices. The Bible says there are instances to be bold. In the above verse, Paul seeks prayers to help him spread the Gospel. And in Isaiah 50:7, the prophet Isaiah declares: "Because the Sovereign LORD helps me, I will not be disgraced. Therefore have I set my face like flint, and I know I will not be put to shame."
I unashamedly write about the Lord on the Internet, but is that enough? I know there are countless times, while waiting in line or stopped at a traffic light, that I am far from Godlike.
I was just asked to stand for a photo for my dental chart. At 8:30 in the morning, I was not very enthusiastic or polite about the prospect of a photo similar to the unflattering one on my driver's license. Another failed instance to be bold for the Lord.
On the positive side, these situations remind me the importance of showing people the goodness of the Lord.
Lord, Show us how to be bold for You. Help us to truly trust You - and not the "what if" scenarios that like to cloud our minds and make us ineffective for You. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.
This week's Scripture challenge: Since God helps me, I will not be put to shame. Isaiah 50:7