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Daily Living – Episode 67 – Andrew Evans

Daily Living – Episode 67 – Andrew Evans

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The Boldness Of Ordinary People

Author: Andrew Evans

READ ACTS 4:13
“Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus.”

You know, that verse contains a word that has always stood out to me. With this word comes the ability to do things you never thought you could do. With this word comes the ability to say things you never thought you could say. And with this word comes the ability to live a life you never thought you could live.

This word is: BOLDNESS.

Boldness is an interesting thing though, isn’t it? For many of us, we attribute boldness to those that are able to do things that we could never see ourselves doing. Boldness seems to be reserved for those willing to jump out of planes or stand up in front of crowds.
But I don’t believe that boldness is only reserved for the skydivers and the public speakers. I believe boldness is a bi-product of a healthy walk with Jesus.

Let me illustrate it like this…

When I was a kid – there was a cartoon character that captured my attention. His name was Popeye the Sailor Man. Popeye had a deep raspy voice, a sailor outfit, and anchors tattooed on his forearms. But what he was most known for was his unwavering commitment to save his girl, Olive Oyl, from those trying to threaten her well-being.

Before he would battle his opponents, he would swallow a can of spinach and his body would transform into this hulk-like figure. And he would proclaim – “That’s all I can stands, I can’t stands no more.” Now, grammar wasn’t really a strong suit for Popeye. But what he meant was this – I can’t take it anymore. I have to do something about what I see.

THIS is the heartbeat behind “boldness”.

Boldness is when you align your heart with God and you experience an uneasiness about the brokenness of this world that causes you to take action to change it.

Boldness is when you speak up and say – “That’s all I can stands, I can’t stands no more.” Therefore, boldness isn’t the bi-product of a characteristic, reserved only for a few – it’s the bi-product of a conviction.

As Peter and John stand before the Sanhedrin council, on trial for preaching and healing in the name of Jesus, the council members are overwhelmed. And what is the cause for their astonishment? There was nothing special about these men – they were ORDINARY and COMMON men – BUT they had been with Jesus.

Filled with the Holy Spirit, and impassioned by the gospel message – Peter and John embrace the convictions of their Savior. They saw the brokenness of their community, and it compelled them to preach with boldness. And in spite of being arrested and being charged not to speak or teach in the name of Jesus, their boldness remains steadfast as they say – “We cannot help but speak of what we have seen and heard.”

As you see the brokenness of the world around us, and as you see a community in desperate need of a Savior, is it possible for the church of Jesus Christ to stand up and say – “We can’t stand it anymore. We have to do something about what we see.” Might our boldness be the bi-product of our convictions.