Do you ever wish you could be bolder?
I know I do. I see these men on TV or these Fortune 500 CEOs, and they carry themselves with such confidence, such certainty: fearlessness. I wish I had that at all times. I mean I have seen in my life “moments” of boldness. But I want to live boldly.
And as I reflect on my life and God’s word, I see an overlap between my bold moments and the early Christians’ bold lives. Specifically in the story of Peter and John as they stood before the Sanhedrin in the book of Acts.
It’s important to understand that the Sanhedrin was not just a group of pastors like you would think of today. Their influence was not limited to the religious sector. This group of men held the keys to society: affluence, power, acceptance, and even death.
Throughout the defense of their trial, you can almost feel the boldness coming off the pages. The leaders felt it and were blown away by it.
Acts 4:13 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished.
These men had boldness. Not education, not riches, and not fame.
Now that’s significant because that’s where most people draw their boldness from their past achievements or their connections. But not Peter and John. After being threatened and asked to keep quiet about the resurrection of Jesus they witnessed, these men refused and boldly answered…
Acts 4:19-20 But Peter and John answered them, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you rather than to God, you must judge, for we cannot but speak of what we have seen and heard.”
Did you see that!? Did you miss it!? That’s the answer. The secret to living boldly.
“We got to do what God told us to do. No matter what.”
In other words, their boldness came from the knowledge that they were doing what God wanted them to do
In other words…
Boldness is anchored in God’s will.