I’ve been studying through Philippians with a group of women at my church. And there’s some things that have really stuck out to me that I want to share with you. We read some background in Acts and the very last verse in ch 28 says this…“Boldly and without hindrance he preached the kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ.”
Boldly. Without hindrance.
Geez. Ummmm….can we say fail?
It brings to mind a post I did a while back on the day to day people the Lord puts us in contact with, and why He might be doing just that. Boldly and without hindrance are quite possibly three words that are the farthest away from what would describe my daily life. I can almost imagine what my life would look like if I put verse 28 into action in my life. The words I spoke would be full of intention and purpose. I would walk a little slower, make eye contact with more people, and when invited into conversation I wouldn’t give a hurried answer so that I could get on with whatever is next on the list.
Honestly? One of my first thoughts, is somewhere along the lines of…”people would think I was crazy. They’d put me in the category of “trying to be holy” or “oh, she’s clearly a minister’s wife”. Ha. Maybe I should just pass out cards to read my blog so that they know just how much I mess up?!?! I don’t know why that’s automatically where my mind goes. Why can’t my mind instead jump to thinking of the amazing, miraculous ways that the Lord could use me in sharing Him with literally everyone I meet? And regardless of which direction my mind goes – doesn’t the possibility of a seed being planted (or harvested!!!) surpass anything anyone thinks?!?! Oh, how far I have to grow in Him!!
And then in ch 1 of Philippians, Paul says things like – “I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.”
What does that even look like?!?! To live is Christ. Is it so? Most of the time, I’m ashamed to say – probably not. To live is selfish – maybe so. To live is to worry – could be. To live is to be busy – all too often.
Can you just imagine being confident enough in how you are living to make these statements that Paul makes about his walk with the Lord?? To know beyond a shadow of a doubt that Christ is exalted in our bodies…no matter what?!?!
Praying for myself today…I encourage you to do the same. Praying over my family, friends, church family, co-workers, and the ones who are reading this blog today. Praying that we are proclaiming the Gospel – boldly and without hindrance.
Would love to hear from you today! Is this an area you struggle in? Have you had a victory in this area? Please share!