“Because of Christ and our faith in Him, we can now come boldly and confidently into God’s presence.” — Ephesians 3:12 (NLT)
When we truly understand God and are connected with His Spirit, there is a boldness that overwhelms us. Being bold for Christ is a direct reflection of the inner workings of our heart, our faith and our relationship with Him. When the fullness of God and His goodness are revealed to us, how can we not be compelled to share with others? We naturally will want everyone around us to experience His transformative power in the same way we have!
But if my gaze is fixed on things other than God — my own shortcomings, the distractions or anxieties of the world, etc. — I will grow inwardly-focused. My priority is no longer to grow the eternal Kingdom of God, but to stay comfortable. This complacency is not what God intended for us; He has something much greater for us to do.
I have to ask myself the question, “Am I in a position to be available and used by God in the full capacity He’s designed me for?” When I’m connected to God, through His Word and prayer, I feel centered, focused and on mission. When I’m not, my compass is off and I’m unable and unmotivated to be bold for Christ. Other things have gripped my heart and cast my attention off of Him. When my sense of intimacy with the Lord fades, so does my confidence in Him.
There have been times in my life when I’ve listened to the prompting of the Holy Spirit within me and chosen to be bold in faith. My flesh may not want to instinctively have a meal with a homeless man, just to hear about his heart. There have been moments when the Lord has gripped my heart to talk to people I normally wouldn’t approach. But when God asks me to step out in boldness of faith, I want to answer that call. I don’t want to miss out on the work He’s doing in and around me. When I do obey His call, there is a great sense of peace and excitement that builds within me, motivating me to want more of Him.
God is going to accomplish His work however He sees fit, but I want to be a part of it. We, as His followers, are meant to be a sweet aroma of Him, drawing others to want a relationship with Christ for themselves. I want to be that aroma; I want to be used for something much greater than myself. I hope my boys see me as a man of God, with a strength that comes only from the Lord. I’m not going to be perfect, but I can be purposeful.
— Chris Maragos, NFL safety
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