Acts 4:29 – “Now, Lord, look on their threats, and grant to Your servants that with all boldness they may speak Your word.”
Are you afraid of sharing the gospel to someone? Especially to someone who is hostile to the Christian message? The Bible gives us examples of Christians who boldly proclaimed the gospel, without fearing for their lives. Paul, who formerly persecuted Christians, met Jesus on the road to Damascus. He put his trust in Jesus and while he was in Damascus, he boldly preached in the name of Jesus and even after he returned to Jerusalem, he boldly spoke in the name of Jesus and disputed with the Hellenists, who wanted to kill him (Acts 9:27-29). Paul, Barnabas (Acts 13:46) and Apollos (Acts 18:26) openly proclaimed about Jesus in Jewish synagogues, without fearing for their lives. When Paul entered the synagogue in Ephesus, he spoke boldly, reasoned and persuaded them about the kingdom of God (Acts 19:8).
Paul had a desire to preach in Rome (Rom. 1:11-12) as it was the most influential city in the world, and by reaching Rome, he would affect the entire world. However, he probably never thought he would reach Rome through imprisonment. At this point in Paul’s ministry, he had already been imprisoned for two years in Caesarea for preaching the gospel, and he was to be in prison for two more years in Rome. He was under house arrest with a Roman guard chained to him twenty-four hours a day. Despite this, he said, “All that has happened has really served to advance the gospel.”
It must be remembered that every believer is called to be an evangelist as well. We are all missionaries in whatever context God has placed us – whether that be as a student, a teacher, a business man, or some other profession. Wherever God has placed us, he placed us there to be a witness. Matt. 28:18-19 says, “Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit…”” We are all called to make disciples, to be bold witnesses who spread the gospel to places where people have never heard it. However, if we are honest, many of us would admit to struggling with witnessing. We fear being rejected, being incompetent in our gospel presentation. God is looking for gospel pioneers to lead the way in schools, businesses, and nations around the world, and His help is all we need. Will you allow God to use you to lead the way for the gospel so others can follow?