“And when they had prayed the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.” Acts 4:31
Although within these few words are encapsulated several salient lessons, I’m going to grab onto just one of them this morning…”they spake the word of God with boldness.” What a marvelous quality is boldness, and how well we represent God when we do not hesitate to tell others about Him and about His love and eternal plans for us.
Saturday, as we traveled through the town of El Centro, on all four corners of one of the intersections was a large group of people—people of all ages, from adults to children. Some of them held well-lettered poster boards with various messages on them. Jesus Loves you and He Died for You are a couple I recall. They flew shiny red heart shaped balloons, and as we drove through the intersection, they waved and cheered and smiled. Somewhere in the mix was a sign proclaiming the name of their church. It was beautiful, and I admired them and their boldness to stand on a street corner and tell of their love for God.
On one of the corners had been set up microphones and loudspeakers, and various persons were giving testimonies, perhaps preaching—I’m not sure—and as a nod to the high Spanish population of the area one person was interpreting the speaker’s words into Spanish.A lively, dynamic atmosphere has been created there on the streets of this small town in southern California. Now, I’m aware that preaching on street corners may perhaps not be appropriate in some areas, but in other places, I think it may prove to be an effective way to spread the Gospel.
It takes boldness to be involved in such an activity, and many people just would not be able to do such a thing. I wonder why that is. Why is it hard to boldly speak for Christ? Why do we find it difficult to hand a church card to our mechanic or to the postman, or to speak with a mother with youngsters who stands behind us in line at the grocery store? Why do we hesitate to knock on our neighbor’s door and offer to share the word of God with them, or to invite them to a Sunday service? How is it that we hesitate to walk through the neighborhood park and hand out gospel tracts or 99 cent Bibles or Sunday school papers?
There is no hesitation among those who proclaim Satan’s gospel. His workers are quick to spew their propaganda and to fervently gather in disciples. Without batting an eye, they speak of evil, of filth and of vile intent.
Let us take on boldness in our lives as we tell others of our love for Jesus. As we move through our daily lives, let us invite those we meet into the greatest entity on this planet; the church of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Come on, be honest with me now. Could you be involved in such a service or would you be ashamed? Why? Why not? Would it help your church, or do you think it might be a hindrance because of your church denomination, or maybe even, because of the neighborhood? Why? Would the makeup of the street service team make a difference in your willingness to be involved? What if it were a group of young people doing street drama, or singing in an excellent way, maybe even with live music? Would your city even let you do such a thing?
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