Acts 9:15-16 NIV
15 But the Lord said to Ananias, “Go! This man is my chosen instrument to proclaim my name to the Gentiles and their kings and to the people of Israel. 16 I will show him how much he must suffer for my name.”
Paul the Apostle was a great man of faith. It was through him that the message of the gospel swept across the gentile world of his day and many Churches were planted. Paul walked in the demonstration of Gods power and he was a man full of revelation and wisdom but all this was not one smooth ride. Paul had to face many challenges as he fulfilled the call of God over his life.
As Jesus told Ananias, Paul was a chosen instrument set apart to proclaim the good news to the gentiles and their kings and also to the people of Israel but this came with lots of suffering as well.
The question we need to always ask ourselves is this;
“What are my convictions?
What am I fully persuaded about?”
This is what Paul says about himself;
2 Corinthians 11: 21-28
21 Whatever anyone else dares to boast about—I am speaking as a fool—I also dare to boast about. 22 Are they Hebrews? So am I. Are they Israelites? So am I. Are they Abraham’s descendants? So am I. 23 Are they servants of Christ? (I am out of my mind to talk like this.) I am more. I have worked much harder, been in prison more frequently, been flogged more severely, and been exposed to death again and again. 24 Five times I received from the Jews the forty lashes minus one. 25 Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was pelted with stones, three times I was shipwrecked, I spent a night and a day in the open sea, 26 I have been constantly on the move. I have been in danger from rivers, in danger from bandits, in danger from my fellow Jews, in danger from Gentiles; in danger in the city, in danger in the country, in danger at sea; and in danger from false believers. 27 I have labored and toiled and have often gone without sleep; I have known hunger and thirst and have often gone without food; I have been cold and naked. 28 Besides everything else, I face daily the pressure of my concern for all the churches.
Can you imagine having to go through all that and you still hold on to what you believe in? His faith did not waver, in fact his faith grew stronger and stronger. Talk about bold faith.
When we talk about bold faith we may look at it as faith to do these great and mighty things and rightly so but I also do believe that you and I require bold faith to stand in the midst of adversary and persecution!
Paul experienced both ends of the pendulum and he was able to stand, his faith did not crumble. How about you and I?
What have you believed in, what are you fully persuaded about?
Do you have the faith and boldness to fulfill what God has called you to do?
How bold is your faith?