Holy Boldness

Merwin VanDoornik

READ : 3 John 1:9-10

It is better to say too little than too much. Most of us have regrets for the times we spoke too hastily when we should have listened first, or spoke in judgment before gathering the facts, or spoke as truth what was only our opinion. “Lord, fill my mouth with worthwhile stuff and stop me when I’ve said enough” is a valid prayer for all of us.

Other times our timid tongues could use an injection of what the Jewish people call “hutzpah” holy boldness. John was not afraid to speak against Diotrephes who refused John’s spiritual leadership, who would not welcome bonafide teachers of Christ’s gospel, who stooped to malicious gossip, and who made himself a one-man board of elders and excommunicated all who disagreed with him.

I also need John’s holy boldness not only to speak against what opposes God but to speak for Him. If the players of my favorite football team made fools of themselves on the field by running the wrong way, scoring for the opposing team, fumbling the ball more than they caught it, and losing the game 63-0, I’d leave the stadium with head bowed. But Christians support a winning team: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. And winners are never ashamed to say so.


Lord, help me to practice what I sing: “I love to tell the story of unseen things above, of Jesus and His glory, of Jesus and His love….” (A. Catherine Hankey)