I am finite.
I am dependent.
I am weak.
I am impatient.
I am wicked.
I am barely able to keep my head above water.
My God is infinite.
My God is sovereign.
My God is powerful.
My God is patient.
My God is perfect.
My God can walk on water.
I am in a beautiful place. Where I should always be. In my Father’s hand, at His mercy, and crying out to Him, trusting in the plan He has (Proverbs 3:1-12). Praise God for in him are all things, and he works them according to His good purpose (Colossians 1:17 & Romans 8:28). I praise God for his mercy and love towards me. And because of that I can step out boldly for Him, and proclaim the gospel (Philippians 4:4-9; Philippians 4:13).
So I continue praying, because I know that there are many things ahead. I am reminded of something I heard this past week, “some of you are in a holding pattern to wait to do something significant in your lives!” “You don’t need to wait to fully participate in the plans of God. They are right now!”
Is it your prayer to fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel of Christ? Is it my prayer?
I want it to be. I want total abandon and total flexibility for Christ. I want to walk in a manner worthy of the calling I have received (Ephesians 4:1-7).
So please pray this for me and for yourself (like Paul asks for himself), so that we may boldly proclaim the mystery of the gospel.
“…that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak.”
(Ephesians 6:19-20 ESV)
“that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak.”
This isn’t simply living a different life than those around you. How do you declare something? With your mouth.
How do you speak? With your mouth. So may we live lives worthy of our calling as disciples and may we speak boldly.
Praying that we may continue (or just begin) to speak boldly the gospel of Christ.
(On a side note, proclaiming the Gospel has been weighing heavily on me. I’ve never evangelized before, at least not purposefully. I haven’t sought it out. But after this last week, and after thinking through my thoughts which are above, I knew I needed to speak out more boldly about my faith and I resolved to do it on the flight back to Minnesota from Georgia. And so I prayed first. Most of the day Thursday I pray as I went about my day. That evening was my flight.
Johnnie sat next to me. He is a University student in Edmonton, Canada. I got a chance to speak with him during the flight and then as we were disembarking I felt God place it on my heart to give him my Bible. I asked if he had one, and he said yes. But then proceeded to tell me that his friend is a Mormon and gave him one. Well that was a whole conversation that I wanted to have but couldn’t, so I quickly explained that Mormonism is wrong and that their Bible isn’t truth, maybe more brash and quicker than I meant. I then gave him my Bible and asked him to read it.
So please be praying for Johnnie, he is a great guy with some big dreams, but how much greater if those dreams were based from clear understanding and faith in the Savior, the supremacy of God, and bringing him glory.)