|"Being Bold for Christ"
We are so privileged to know God, but then at the same time, we are at the point in our lives when we have to deal with pressure from our peers, spouses, partners, etc; and it can become a little harder to be bold for Christ. We have been called in 2 Timothy 4:2 to preach the word, to be prepared in and out of season; to correct, rebuke, and encourage with great patience and careful instruction. This is an order from God, but because we are human, we have a fear of being Christians in the world, we fear mockery, we even sometimes fear the reality that we can actually win souls for the Kingdom . But Christ knew this because he was in our shoes at some point. This is why we are assured in 2 Tim. 1:7 that God did not give us the spirit of timidity or fear. Paul who was a mere mortal like us tells us in verse 8 not to be ashamed to testify about our Lord. In fact, Paul was publicly humiliated, beaten, and arrested, but that did not stop him from spreading the word because he knew that blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven (Matt. 5:10)
Moses is another example of a person we can emulate; he was called by God to do great things. He was a little hesitant to do this at first because he stammered (Ex. 6:12), but God assured him that he had made him like God to Pharaoh and he knew then that he had nothing to worry about. Our Lord has every angle covered, so you have absolutely nothing to worry about. The day you give your life to Christ is the day you agree to all of the terms in the Bible. That is the day you become a disciple and a fisher of men, and most of all, that is the day you become a representation of Christ on earth. We have accepted this fate, so let us stand firm and be bold for the man that died in our place. Let us make an attempt to repay his benevolence. Imagine what he felt when he was nailed to that cross; he was beaten, torn, humiliated, tortured, and then killed, just so you and I can have a second chance at making amends for our wrongs. He could have easily said that it was not worth it, but he didn’t. He went through hell on earth for us, so it is time brethren to say thank you. It is time to put our selfish nature aside and deny ourselves for him. It is time to stand firm, be bold, and take up the whole armor and go out to the battlefield.
Paul said it best in 1 Corinthians 4:3 – “I care very little if I am judged by you or by any human court; indeed I do not even judge myself”. The world can do absolutely nothing for you, so forget the world and lets be soldiers for Christ. Lets be prepared to lay our lives down for him just like he did for us. I know I’d rather be miserable and have no friends for God, than have everything in the world and not have Christ. In a song by Luther Vandross, he says “I’d rather have bad times with you than good times with someone else”; let us have this mentality. Even though there is no such thing as having bad times with Christ, let this quote guide you. Remember that it is easier for a camel to enter through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. When Jesus says a rich man, he means worldly riches. Become poor for Christ, deny yourself, and forget the world. Let the world know that you are just in it, but you are not of the world. “Be on guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong.” –1 Corinthians 16:13.
If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you… If they persecuted me, they would persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also.
If we died with him, we will also live with him; if we endure, we will also reign with him. If we disown him, he will also disown us; if we are faithless, he will remain faithful, for he cannot disown himself. –2 Timothy 2: 11-13
I’m sure we don’t want God to disown us. If you want your name in that book of life, don’t disown him, be bold and stand firm for Christ, we owe him at least that much.
Lastly remember that you have the power to condemn every tongue that comes against you. No weapon fashioned against you shall prosper. If you stand firm for God, he will stand firm for you, and if God be for you, who can be against you?
Stay blessed and spread the word.