Boldly speaking the words of Christ and pointing others to Him can often be costly. Just as Daniel nearly died because of his faith, the early apostles faced threats and hardship because of their efforts to influence others. After Peter and John healed a lame man, religious leaders who could not deny the miracle accosted them anyway. This account is a reminder to us that just as prophets suffered persecution, circumstances will sometimes force us to choose between misunderstood obedience or sinful compromise (Matt. 5:11-12). Yet we should not lose sight of the reality that the endurance of God’s faithful servants often results in the miraculous. The early church continued to grow exponentially because of their witness. Likewise, our resolve to be salt and light no matter the personal cost will bear eternal fruit. Regardless of how well known you might be, your life can make a significant difference in God’s kingdom. Insults and false accusations should never hinder our efforts to be Christ’s witnesses (Acts 1:8).
How are you being intentionally bold for Christ? How has God used your efforts?