The Father wants his sons and daughters to be bold. Jesus was bold. He walked up to strangers and picked them out of the crowd and told them to be his students. He preached where the religious authorities didn’t want him to preach. He served the people who he knew were not liked by the upper class society, who he knew that if he was seen with them he would be snubbed by those who had power and wealth. He spoke the truth in the face of death. He said that he was the Son of God, that he and his Father were one, meaning that he was God, and he said it in the presence of the people that he knew would want to kill him for saying it.
Jesus was bold for his Father. He wasn’t bold for himself. He didn’t preach in the faces of the people who wanted to kill him because he got a kick out of it. He didn’t do it because he was seeking fame and fortune. Jesus wasn’t bold to show off for the women, to get popular or to win a promotion at work. He was bold for everything and everybody that wasn’t himself. He was bold for us.
Most of us are chickens. We get bold only when we are hurt or when someone does something to us that we don’t like, and then out of uncontrolled emotions we let our boldness fly out. But that boldness is selfish. That’s not the kind of boldness God accepts.
Our boldness needs to be for the Father, for Jesus Christ, and our boldness needs to be fueled by the Holy Spirit–not by pride. Boldness isn’t the same as being mean. It isn’t having the courage to be rude, to rip another person, to tell a person that his or her most personal, passionate dreams are worthless because they stink at what they do. Boldness doesn’t mean that we should say what everybody is thinking. Why? Because what everybody is thinking might be wrong.
Jesus had to be bold because the religious authority of his generation was distorting God’s truth and throwing people into darkness. Jesus had to be bold because the Father told him to say things and do things that were unheard of, that were fresh, new, that were God’s hidden secret, that were Spirit given but controversial to the evil that was being preached and accepted as truth at the time. Jesus knew the things he said and the things he did were not going to be accepted by the majority of the people and especially by the religious authority, but he did it anyway because it was the good thing to do–it was his Father’s will.
“We do, however, speak a message of wisdom among the mature, but not the wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. No, we speak of God’s secret wisdom, a wisdom that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began. None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. However, as it is written: “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him”” (1 Corinthians 2:6-9).