“…And they recognized that they had been with Jesus.” (Acts 4:13)

If you know the story of Acts 3, as mentioned in my previous post, then you know what happens in Acts 4. Peter and John cause such a stir among the people that the Sadducees have them arrested and questioned.

There was something about Peter and John that stood out, that caught the attention of the Jewish leaders.

Boldness.

Is boldness a characteristic of yours? The question is not is it your personality. Even the outspoken apostle Paul asked for prayers for boldness, “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.” (Eph. 6:19-20)

We are to conform to the character of Christ and His well-rounded, balanced character, which does not include timidity or shame.

“For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” (1 Tim. 1:7)

Boldness balanced with love and self-control.

I would be the first to (boldly?) tell you that this does not describe me. However, that doesn’t mean I’m a hopeless case, destined to a listless life in a corner. Neither is it true of you, if you’re a fellow member of the introverted clan. That’s because we have access to every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places.

In whom do we find this boldness? “…in Christ Jesus our Lord, in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through faith in Him.” (Eph. 3:12) His strength becomes our strength. The power of the Spirit is the power at work in us.

Do others see Jesus in you?

Does your example encourage others to be bold? (Acts 4:31)

Would you be recognized as having “been with Jesus”?

If we’re not conforming to Christ, we’re conforming to something less than Christ.

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