Where do I get more Boldness? | by John Rogers

We need more boldness (well, I do at least). More boldness in opening my mouth to speak the word of the Lord. I want to more confident in the gospel. I desire to be less ashamed of the gospel and less fearless to proclaim this power of God for the salvation of all who believe. I’d love to be like Amos who proclaimed God’s judgment toward sinners but restoration for a remnant. I long to be like Peter and John who narrow-mindedly proclaimed that there is no other way to God exempt through the narrow way of Christ. And who wouldn’t want to be like Paul who did not shrink back from declaring the whole counsel of God? 
I want to be like modern day saints like my dad who is completely convinced of his convictions. Like Kenneth, our missionary to the Congo, who sacrifices all temporary comforts for the eternal comfort of his African brothers and sisters. And like another Kenneth I know, missionary to the Rowlett Rec. Center who for the past few years has sent daily Scriptures to a group of those he has met through working out. 
How do I become like these men? How do I become more bold? Do I need more education? No, that’s not it. For Amos didn’t go to prophet school. His specialty was in agriculture and horticulture. Peter and John, Acts 4 says, were uneducated men…fisher-men at that. My dad and the two Kenneth’s I have mentioned are very schooled, but not in boldness. Their degrees are in counseling, business, and mathematics. More education is not the solution. 
If it’s not more of something like education, maybe its less of something—like sin. I know I can’t be sinless, but maybe if I were to sin less, God would reward me with more boldness. Well that can’t be the answer either for Paul, toward the end of his incredibly bold ministry, deemed himself the foremost of sinners. 
No, boldness is not found in more education or less sin, Boldness is mine in Christ. In him, “we have boldness,” Paul says in Ephesians 3:12. It was not education that made Peter and John bold, but it was the fact that they had been with Jesus (see Acts 4:13). It was not Paul’s elimination of sin that granted him boldness, but it was because “the Lord stood by me,” Paul confessed to Timothy, “and strengthened me, so that Through me the message of the gospel might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. 
When Jesus commissioned his disciples to go into the world to make disciples, he did not say, “And, behold, here is a book of knowledge,” or “Behold, here is a book of rules.” No, he said, “Behold, here am I. I am with you to the very end of the age.” Our boldness to be witnesses and ambassadors for Christ does not rest in anything we can obtain or anything we can rid ourselves of. Our confidence for this work is only found in what we have already been given—Christ and the Holy Spirit. Because he is with us to the very end of the age we can be witnesses in our Jerusalems, Judeas, Samarias, and wherever he may call us. We can be farmer-prophets, teacher-prophets, fast-food-prophets, or whatever-he-may-call-us-to-prophets. 
So “don’t give way to fear today,” Paul Tripp says, “The Lord almighty is your Savior, he is with you in whatever you’re facing and wherever you go.” Because our God is the "sovereign Lord, who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and everything in them” (see Acts 4:24 and 29-31), he can “grant [his] servants to…speak [his] word with all boldness,” while he stretches out his hand “to heal, and signs and wonders are performed through the name of” he who is with you.

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