One Moment of Boldness
Picture this. You see THE cutest guy/girl ever! How exciting is that? Well, after a few weeks, you notice that you seem to cross paths every Tuesday. The window for you to take your shot is brief, but open. You spend all week preparing what to say, how you will approach him/her; any and everything to make sure that you do not look or sound dumb! Finally, Tuesday rolls around. You see him/her in the distance and slowly make your approach. You’ve practiced this approach so many times, the hair flip, the smile and suddenly you are there. All your planning goes out the window, but in a moment of boldness, you take a leap of faith and squeak out a nervous hello.
While love and attraction may get us to do crazy, bold things, there is a great deal of faith that it takes, as well. Boldness requires faith and anyone who has studied the Bible should know that it is by faith through grace that we receive God’s boldness. As Christians, we should be humbled by His overwhelming grace and love. James 4:6,10 (ESV) says, “But he gives more grace. Therefore, it says, ‘God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.’ …Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.”
In and of ourselves, we are all sinners deserving of eternal death and damnation. The boldness we have is given through Christ. When His love consumes us and we accept Him as our personal Lord and Savior, the Holy Spirit enters and gives us a boldness like no other. Founder of Operation Mobilisation and British writer, George Verwer said, “Without Holy Spirit boldness, the world will remain unevangelized…there can never be a substitute for the power of the Spirit working through willing men and women, and that power will bring boldness.” The boldness we are given is such a humbling thing. Once you realize that the boldness isn’t your own, what choice do you have not to fall flat on your face humbly before your Savior.
Senior Research Fellow at Calvin Institute, Cornelius Plantinga once said, “A humble person is more likely to be self-confident… a person with real humility knows how much they are loved.” Since we are loved by God, this should be more than true of a believer. There is a certain self-confidence that comes from knowing your salvation; a pride that comes in a Christian’s humility. Most cases in the Bible, pride is seen as a negative, but when your pride is in Christ and all that He has done that pride is a mark of a true believer. No matter what position we may be in, we need to show humility through our faith. A humility inspired by the boldness you have been given. Great men and women have been humbled by faith and received Holy Spirit boldness. Follow their example.
Have Faith. Be Bold. Be Humble.