- In the book of Acts the first followers of Jesus called themselves “the Way”: people of the way of Jesus, the Way who is Jesus. Acts describes several key characteristics of these “people of the Way.”
- As people of the Way we are called to boldness: “they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God with boldness” (Acts 4:31).
- This is a boldness to speak and live out the truth of Jesus in the gospel: the truth of Jesus’ teachings, the truth of Jesus’ life, the truth of Jesus’ redemptive death and renewing resurrection.
- This boldness is not brashness; it is not being rude or arrogant. It is not fearlessness; there are many things we might fear in speaking the truth of Jesus. It is courage to step out in faith and obedience in spite of doubts and fears, in spite of opposition and difficulty.
- What compels this boldness is this: “we cannot keep from speaking about what we have seen and heard” (Acts 4:20).
Questions to Ponder:
- What have I “seen and heard” for myself of Jesus, of God’s kingdom, of the gospel? How have I experienced God’s love, or seen God work in my life or the lives of others?
- In what ways have I seen an “improper boldness” in Christians, or maybe in myself? Perhaps being arrogant in thinking I infallibly possess all truth, or being disrespectful in the way I speak the truth?
- In what ways might I need to develop a “boldness of the Spirit,” speaking and living out the truth of Jesus’ teachings, or Jesus’ life, or Jesus’ death and resurrection?
A Prayer to Pray: Spirit of God, give us the boldness to speak and live the truth of Jesus in the way of love, and show powerful signs among us of your reign of justice, peace, and flourishing life.