We have forgotten that we are believers today because of a long line of men and women who boldly spoke up when silence would have been easy, even desirable.
They were told to shut-up, but they would not and could not.
Acts 4:20, “For we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.
In situations where we would pray for safety and protection, they prayed for boldness.
Acts 4:29, “Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness.”
After severe beatings, Dr. Luke, the careful historian, writes that they rejoiced rather than whining. When it would have been smart to shut up, they kept talking.
Acts 5:42, “Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Christ.”
Their message was simple: Jesus
Their mission was simple: Talk about Jesus.
Those of us who are gripped more by fear than faith cannot imagine a boldness like theirs. But, we can step toward it.
Step one: Pray for boldness. (When was the last time you did that?)
Step two: Go beyond praying for opportunity to praying, “Help me seize opportunities to speak up.”
Step three: Go beyond praying to seize opportunities to praying, “Help me make opportunities to speak for Jesus.”
The story of Jesus escaped the first century because of bold people who spoke up when they were told to shut-up. Without their boldness, we would not have heard the story of what they heard with their ears, saw with their eyes, and touched with their hands.