Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Prayer Week 3: Boldness

This past Sunday, Kristie shared her story with the church. While she was speaking, she used a beautiful analogy for sharing the love of Christ with others. She stated that she likes to think that we are the “calloused hands of Christ.” This statement is beautiful because it reveals that while we are the hands and feet of Christ, we are not perfect. We have problems and imperfections, but these calluses should not prevent us from sharing the love of Christ with others.

Kristie’s story tied in well with the sermon which discussed boldness. In Acts 4:29-30, the disciples were bold. This passage states:

Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness. Stretch out your hand to heal and perform miraculous signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus.

In this passage, the people understood that God is all knowing, all powerful, and completely in control. They did not understand God’s plan, but they knew that they wanted to be active participants in God’s plan. So they simply prayed for boldness.

As various people have shared at church, we have learned that each person has a different story. They also each have a different method of sharing the love of Christ. However, instead of getting hung up on whether they are using the right method, or whether their story is good enough, they have simply decided to speak with boldness and share with others.

Another point that has been made is that “boldness” is not standing on the street corner and shouting to strangers. Boldness is having the courage to help and share with those that are near us each day.

This week, reflect on whether you truly want to be a participant in God’s sovereign plan. If so, the challenge is to pray for boldness.

Also, as an outreach, the Refinery will be collecting eye glasses to donate to the Lion’s Club. Please bring your glasses to church and we will deliver them!

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