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There is a kind of boldness which is reckless and inconsiderate. It is based on overconfidence and false pride. It is the foolhardy boldness which a wild and irresponsible driver displays as he weaves madly from lane to lane on a busy and crowded street. It is a boldness which acts without thought.
There is another kind of boldness which is thoughtful, considerate, and often heroic. It takes risks and confronts dangers with a confidence born of unshakeable conviction. It is the "holy boldness" which characterized the Christians of the first century. "Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John...they marveled, and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus" (Acts 4:13). This boldness is seen in the prayer, "...grant unto thy servants, that will all boldness they may speak thy word" (Acts 4:29).
That this is the time for boldness in proclaiming the Word of God is an inescapable conclusion for all who would seriously consider Christ's commands. The size of the task entrusted to us is so enormous that only a "holy boldness" is equal to it. Our sufficiency must be of God (2 Cor. 3:5). The world's population is over 6 billion. Untold billions are untold. We must accept the responsibility of getting the gospel to these billions. To serve our present age we must find a new dynamic boldness founded not in irresponsibility but in courage and conviction that God will work with us in the tremendous task before us. We must call forth every resource and reserve within us glad response to the command to preach the gospel to every creature. We must speak for Jesus. We must send others to speak for Jesus. With prayer we can become "much more bold to speak the word without fear" (Phil. 1:14). This we can and will do through Christ, "in whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him."
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