Let’s recap who you are.
You are a new creation in Christ, created with a purpose.
You are God’s masterpiece, His poem.
You are an overcomer!
Once we begin to see who God had in mind when He created us, and we agree with Him to lean in to that (as opposed to running from it), we are then able to start living boldly for Him.
One of the dominant themes of the book of Acts is the boldness of the believers.
A short aside here: Boldness does not mean crazy, irrational, illogical, or rude behavior.
Boldness is when we truly know something and our actions are determined by that belief. The Greek word translated as ‘boldness’ in Acts is “parrhesia” and it conveys the idea of confidence, assurance, courage and acting without fear.
Remember Peter, who we talked about the other day. The early Peter was characterized by bold intentions followed by timid actions. (Example, “Hey Jesus, everyone else may abandon you but not this guy, not me.”…..Proceeds to deny knowing Jesus repeatedly). Yeah, that guy.
BUT, not long after that, Peter preached one of the boldest messages in history and said things like, “You are a corrupt generation. Turn from your sin, repent and get baptized!” (Acts 3-4)
When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus. (Acts 4:13)
The word that’s translated ‘ordinary’ is the Greek word “idiotas.”
Any guesses what that means?
Yup, Peter and John were idiots. Idiots for Christ. So we could give the book of Acts the subtitle, “The Idiots Guide to Boldness.”
When’s the last time someone was amazed at your boldness?
I think we often put the cart before the horse when it comes to boldness. We want so badly to be used by God, to serve, to be bold…that we run ahead. The key is that boldness that accomplishes something, boldness that matters, comes from knowing who we were created to be. It comes from everything we’ve been talking about this week.
Your boldness won’t mean anything if you don’t know who you are…or should I say, whose you are.
And if I can offer one bit of advice from someone a bit further down the road…this process is not quick. As we seek Him, God reveals bits to us. It’s a lifelong pursuit, not an assignment to check off of our to-do list.
But that’s also kind of cool. That there’s always more to know, more ways to grow.
Praying for you to see yourself through His eyes.
Note: These lessons this week were drawn from Craig Groeschel’s book, “Altar Ego”. If you’re looking to read more on the subject, I highly recommend it.