There are some timid Christians. Some seem ashamed to claim Jesus as their Lord and Savior? Why so silent around nonbelievers? They are anxious to talk about family or text about their friends. Is Jesus not a special friend ? Here are some possible reasons for this lock-jaw:
- need a bold role model to watch and learn from
- fearful of criticism, rejection
- peer pressure – may be running with friends who don’t respect Jesus or your core values
- missing love for the One who took a nail on the Cross for you
If my “friends” don’t respect my core values, they don’t respect me. How can this end well? What is the end game here? Ask Jesus for a couple of clean friends who respect you.
What believer doesn’t need more boldness?” In Ephesians 6.19-20 even the apostle Paul asked for others to pray for his boldness. How humble he was to admit it. Ever pray for courage?
“And pray on my behalf, that utterance may be given to me in the opening of my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel, for I am an ambassador in chains; that in proclaiming it I may speak boldly as I ought to speak.” (Eph 6.19-20 NAS) (Rom 1.16; Act 1.8).