It is a New Year and the Christmas season has come and gone. For nine years of marriage, Christmastime seems to historically repeat itself when it comes to gifts in my home. My husband, at any time, can present to me a list of needs, wants or ideas of what he would like to have. I find myself having a hard time thinking of anything. Wanting to give the perfect response that is purposeful, sentimental and affordable, I become paralyzed when I do not have the answer. Thus, we have been having the same “discussion” every year. He asks, “What do you want for Christmas?” I typically respond along the lines of the following:
- “Honestly, nothing.”
- “I will think about it and let you know when I know.”
- “Ummm…slippers. I could use some slippers.” (Husband growing increasingly frustrated.)
As I reflect on these things and the cycle I find myself in, I hear the Lord ask me, “What if you just need to Be Bold?” Well that is a strange question because I AM BOLD, LORD. I can be a boss, I can run a business, I can lead, I can dream, I can delegate. Yet here comes the realization in my heart that it is possible to be this kind of person, this type of leader, and still lack when it comes to boldness.
Hebrews 4:16 tells us HOW we should come before the Lord: “Let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.”
BOLD is not a dirty word for those that are in Christ and understand why He has called us to come boldly before Him. It is not bossiness. It is not prideful. It is not self-seeking. It is not arrogance. Boldness is operating from a position of knowing who you are in Christ and what that means you have access to. To put it plainly, Queen Elizabeth does not need to be reminded every day to act like royalty. She is not worried that if she made a poor decision yesterday, she will be banished from the kingdom and will find herself sweeping the streets of London. If she has a need or desire that results in the furthering of her kingdom, I assure you, she asks, and asks with boldness.
Now if you are in Christ, His beloved daughter, washed free from sin, guilt, shame and the bonds of slavery, you have been made an heir with Him. God Himself has both invited and commanded you to come BOLDLY before His throne of grace. Not sheepishly, not begrudgingly, not uncertain, not lackadaisical, but BOLDLY knowing you belong to Him. I laugh to think if my husband wants me to boldly state my requests for Christmas gifts, how much more does my God desire for me to declare my needs to Him?
Boldness in coming to Christ produces a confidence in our Lord, which is faith at work! “And this is the confidence that we have toward Him, that if we ask anything according to His will He hears us. And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him.” 1 John 5:14–15
My boldness is a surrender to the truth that I am a daughter of the King of Kings, and He has commanded me to come to Him and then stand in faith that by His abounding grace He will prove Himself mighty in hearing my prayers when I petition Him according to His will.
So here I am in 2018, with my list of things I want to change, goals I need to achieve and boundaries I need to set. I am hopeful for great things this year, but I do know this – when the unexpected happens, when I am faced with suffering, disappointment or brokenness - Jesus is alive and at work – in those very things and if I come boldly before Him I will surely receive His mercy and grace to help in my time of need.
Will you boldly come to Jesus and surrender your failings, shortcomings and fears? Will you confidently come to Jesus and pray bold prayers, asking for His grace to enable you to do what you cannot do on your own and dare to do mighty things for His Kingdom? Will you respond to Jesus’ invitation and command to Be Bold?
About Taylor Quintini
Taylor and her husband, Jeremy, live just outside of Baton Rouge. Jeremy is the Executive Pastor at Journey Church and Taylor loves to minister alongside of him. She is also the owner of Weddings Taylor Made, a wedding & event planning company (www.weddingstaylormade.com), and has recently embarked on a new venture of co-owning a vintage specialty rental business (www.timelessvintagerentals.com). She serves on the Refresh team and she does all of this while making sure her three littles (all 4 and under) are loved, fed, clothed, and clean (repeat). Taylor is a natural leader; her heart is passionate for the Lord and she has a strong desire to share Him with others.