The devil has played a dirty and effective trick on many Christians today. He has told them that a good Christian must always be humble and meek before men. Never bold, never offensive, never… convicting?
Wait I’m confused. I mean, doesn’t the bible tell us to be humble? So if we are suppose to be bold isn’t that a contradiction? No, it’s a “context”. You see we are to be humble when it comes to our self, never putting our own self before the will of God. Often times we have to be humble and lay down our fear of rejection, fear of failing, fear of offending, or fear of looking foolish (which is all pride) to obey God’s instructions to selflessly do something “bold”.
“The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion.” – Proverbs 28:1
You see to truly be Christians (which means “Christ like”) we can, and must be humble before God, selfless before man, and bold against the enemy.
The biblical followers of Christ declared the gospel and the word of God boldly. The Word is your weapon against the enemy (Ephesians 6:17) and they wielded their sword with confidence. In doing so, they selflessly put their own lives at risk before men, to bring them the truth, hope, and deliverance. All while humbly obeying the will and commandments of God to preach the gospel, heal the sick, cast out devils, and set the captive free.
Remember that Jesus was impressed with the centurions understanding of, and thus his faith in, authority. (Matthew 8:8-19) He understood it because he was a military man, and military men and women understand ranks and authority. They also understand that you can be humble, selfless, and bold at the same time. He came to Jesus humbly with a request to use a bold tactic against the enemy, and scripture says that Jesus marveled! It was easy for the soldier to grasp, in fact, it was second nature because a good soldier must be humble toward their commanders, selfless towards those they protect, and bold against the enemy they are fighting.
Rather we want to be or not, there is a war on and we are part of it. It is a war for the hearts and souls of men and to be effective soul winners for the kingdom of God we must be effective soldiers. We must be humble toward our Commander, selfless toward those we are sent to help, and bold toward the enemy confidently wielding our swords, that is, the Word of God.
Perhaps the most damaging blow to satan’s tactic to silence the gospel and disarm God’s army, is the revelation that withholding truth, filtering the Word of God, or failing to identify sin for fear of offense is not being “humble” or “loving” at all, it’s actually quite the opposite. Remember that the Word and truth of God will deliver, set the captive free, and save souls from eternal damnation and torment. Therefore, to withhold any part of that truth for fear of how someone will react toward you is not humility and love, it is pride and selfishness. We might tell ourselves that we don’t want their feelings hurt by us, but the ugly truth is that it’s us who doesn’t want our feelings getting hurt by them, by their possible rebuttals, reactions, or rejections. So we candy coat the Word of God until our sword no longer cuts and we wonder why we are not gaining much ground in the battle.
The truth of satan’s dirty little trick is that he has caused us to become prideful and disobedient toward God and His instructions, selfish when it comes to those we are meant to help, humble toward the enemy, and meek in preaching the gospel. It’s the opposite of what we should be. I think it’s high time we realize that he’s causing us to stand in stark opposition to God’s battle plan that had effectively taken Christianity from one teacher and twelve disciples to become the worlds leading religion in a relatively short time. Now as we begin to see the backward slide of belief creeping in on an entire generation, we have to realize that we were fools for allowing ourselves to be so easily disarmed. Now that you see the tactic for what it is, make it a point to commit right now, to humbly submit to the call of God and boldly take up effective arms (which is the unfiltered entirety of the Word) against the enemy.
“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” – Matthew 28:19-20
“But even after that we had suffered before, and were shamefully entreated, as ye know, at Philippi, we were bold in our God to speak unto you the gospel of God with much contention. For our exhortation was not of deceit, nor of uncleanness, nor in guile: But as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel, even so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, which trieth our hearts. For neither at any time used we flattering words, as ye know, nor a cloak of covetousness; God is witness: Nor of men sought we glory, neither of you, nor yet of others, when we might have been burdensome, as the apostles of Christ. But we were gentle among you, even as a nurse cherisheth her children: So being affectionately desirous of you, we were willing to have imparted unto you, not the gospel of God only, but also our own souls, because ye were dear unto us. For ye remember, brethren, our labour and travail: for labouring night and day, because we would not be chargeable unto any of you, we preached unto you the gospel of God.” – 1 Thessalonians 2:2-9