“Space: the final frontier.  These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise.  Its five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before.”  You’ve heard those words before, right?  The opening to the classic television and film series Star Trek.  What does it mean to “boldly go”?  What is “boldness”?

Boldness requires courage, bravery.  It doesn’t mean going about something rashly or without consideration for others.  Boldness sticks out.  For example, which can you see better: this or this?  It’s amazing what a little bold text will do.

Boldness was essential for the first followers of Christ.  They needed some courage because they faced some pretty severe opposition.  In some parts of the world today, they face some pretty severe opposition still.  I don’t think boldness in faith means that we have to build up the nerve to go preach on the street corners calling out society for its sins.  Frankly, I’ve seen people do that, and “boldness” is not what I think about when I see them.  Usually, it’s more like “Well, that person’s a jerk.”

When it comes to our faith, I think boldness has more to do with how we approach sharing it with those around us.  It has to do with living out your faith in spite of the complications that may arise.  Peter and John were taken before the Council and warned not to preach about the resurrected Christ any longer or else there would be consequences.  This is a time that requires boldness, and for that they prayed.

And now, O Lord, hear their threats, and give us, your servants, great boldness in preaching your word.  Stretch out your hand with healing power; may miraculous signs and wonders be done through the name of  your holy servant Jesus (Acts 4:29-30).

Where do you need some more boldness in your life?  Where is it that you are afraid to speak about or even life your life in a public way so that others may come to know Christ as well?  Repeat that prayer to yourself a few times today and in the days and weeks to come, and see what God can do.

 

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