I'm talking about conversations about God. About being a light. Sharing the gospel. Talking about the Lord's influence in your life. Sometimes it feels like a continuous battle to live boldly as a christian without worrying or wondering about how others perceive me. I want that to change though. I want to live boldly for Christ, to be available for Him to use wherever and whenever. How do I become that person? I realize that it's a continuous process. I continually need to be meditating on God's Word, and asking for His help. It's a change that needs to come within the heart, and I can't do that on my own. A couple things I like to remember:
1. Feeling (being) different is a good thing! The contrast between followers of Jesus and the world is supposed to be stark, something that sadly isn't often the case in our society.
"For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ:" (Philippians 3:20)"Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him." (1 John 2:15)
2. I need to trust God for strength. Our job is to obey. Often only as we take the first step in obedience does God give us the strength. Not always beforehand.
"For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline." (2 Timothy 1:7)
"You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. (2 Timothy 2:1)
"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go." (Joshua 1:9)
How about you - Do you ever struggle in this area? Do you have any favorite verses about being bold as a believer?