When I think of boldness, I associate it with passion. Passion drives boldness. Jesus Christ is the boldest and most passionate person in history. The passion that consumed him is infectious. He hung out with people from the lower class, loved the unlovable, and still loves those who are difficult to love. He was enraged by corruption in the temple market and flipped over the tables. He claimed that his authority came from God, even though he knew it would lead to his death. Christ’s intense passion for God and God’s people led to outrageously bold actions. His boldness was rooted in his passionate love of God and his craving for righteousness in the world.
—Anna Garrett, 19
Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord.
Romans 12:11 (NRSV)
BE BOLD: Jesus hung out with the “wrong” people—with publicans, sinners, lepers, prostitutes, foreigners, as well as people who were causing him trouble. Whoever they were, Jesus loved them and treated them with respect as people of God. The consequences for Jesus were drastic, but love came first. Jesus did not set out to be popular but to love people and to bring them into relationship with God. He held nothing back. I’m not in the same class, but Jesus is my example and strength. God, help me to love boldly.
—from devozine (November/December 2013). Copyright © 2013 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.