Ephesians 6:19 – “And for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel.”
Can you think of a situation where you have hesitated to share the gospel to someone? Maybe you were afraid or being rejected or shy. The Bible says that whoever denies Jesus here on earth will also be denied by the Heavenly Father (Matt. 10:33). Jesus’ disciples Peter and John were imprisoned for boldly speaking the gospel. Although Peter and John were warned not to speak in Jesus’ name, they continued to speak the gospel in boldness (Acts 4:18). Stephen was stoned to death for openly sharing the gospel before the Sanhedrin. He was filled with the Holy Spirit to be bold when doing so (Acts 7:55).
Paul was persecuted several times for sharing the gospel among the Jews and the Gentiles (2 Cor. 11: 24-28). Paul asked the church in Ephesus to pray for him as he would boldly preach the gospel (Eph. 6:19). Jesus Christ was crucified for boldly speaking the truth regarding the Kingdom of God.
Jesus’ disciples ran away while Jesus was being crucified. It was only after receiving the Holy Spirit they received the boldness to proclaim the gospel without fear of their own lives (Acts 4:8). If you are going to sow the seeds of the gospel, you have to be bold. Boldness comes from the confidence and trust in Christ (Phil. 4:13). Jesus Himself said, “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth” (Acts 1:8). The Holy Spirit is the One who will empower you and continue to give you boldness to share the gospel.