How would you react if you were arrested for your faith tomorrow? What if armed men formed a firing squad before you and demanded you recant your faith or die? How would your children respond if police or soldiers stormed their bedrooms and asked them whether they believed in Jesus Christ? For many believers around the world, this is recognized as a real possibility, and they do what they can to prepare themselves and their children as much as possible. We in America cannot afford to downplay the real possibility that we, or our children, could face such a scenario one day. We teach our children to be kind, to be generous, and to show charity. But are we teaching them to be bold as well? Boldness is defined as “not hesitating or fearful in the face of actual or possible danger or rebuff”.
Boldness should be prayed for all children. They need to be trained how to walk confidently and boldly in their faith. They need to be instructed in the Scriptures that their faith may have a firm foundation, on which they may boldly stand. But why is boldness important? Where does it come from?
Believers have boldness because of Christ’s faithfulness. Paul reminds the believers in Ephesus that boldness allows us to come into the presence of the Lord: “In whom we have boldness and confident access to God because of Christ’s faithfulness. For this reason I ask you not to lose heart because of what I am suffering for you, which is your glory. (Ephesians 3:12-13) Because of Christ’s boldness, we are not to lose heart, but keep up our faith and courage. When we are bold and when our children are bold, we are acting in accordance with our faith and our hope.
Hebrews 10:19-25 reminds us: “Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the sanctuary by the blood of Jesus, by the fresh and living way that he inaugurated for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a sincere heart in the assurance that faith brings, because we have had our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed in pure water. And let us hold unwaveringly to the hope that we confess, for the one who made the promise is trustworthy. And let us take thought of how to spar one another on to love and good works, not abandoning our own meetings, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging each other, and even more so because you see the day drawing near.”
The author of Hebrews alludes to the rending of the curtain to remind readers of the truth that we have a new High Priest. We no longer go before an earthly priest with a sacrifice for our sins. In honor of the truth that we are to be bold, let us go boldly forth in serving the Lord.