The Courage of Our Convictions

Douglas VanBronkhorst

READ : Acts 4:13-20

Like the Jewish leaders, I marvel at Peter and John’s courage. What possessed them to testify for Christ so boldly? Were they mindless fanatics? Hopelessly stubborn? Na?ve fools? No. In their own words, they simply had to speak. Their knowledge of Jesus was just too important to keep inside. They knew he was the promised Messiah, the Son of God, and the living Lord of glory. They were eyewitnesses to his deeds of love and power. They were sure his death and resurrection were the most important events in all history.

The eyewitness testimony of the apostles, faithfully and reliably recorded in the New Testament, is the firm foundation for our faith. Because we know the truth and whole-heartedly trust in Jesus as Lord and Savior, we too can dare to be witnesses. I don’t have any naturally heroic tendencies or a particularly large measure of courage. Every day is a challenge for me to live by what I believe. But I know that Jesus is alive and in my life. That enables me to be much bolder than I would normally be.

PRAYER

Jesus, fill me with your Spirit today to be a bold witness for the truth of the gospel message.