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Acts 9:19b-31, To Boldly Go

Key Verse

So [Saul] went in and out among them in Jerusalem, speaking boldly in the name of the Lord.
— Acts 9:28

RCL Daily Devotion for Monday, May 6, 2019

RCL Daily Devotions written by Daniel D. Maurer from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

Confidence, I believe, is a characteristic we build upon. That isn’t to say that some are born with more confidence than others. I’m one such person—often I’ll believe that I can complete a task and complete it well, even when I haven’t a lot of experience with it.

Sometimes it pays off. Fortune favors the bold, they say. However, just as often I end up with egg on my face, because I believe I can do something when I cannot.

The confidence we read about in Paul’s conversion story is a bit different than simply thinking that he could, say, design a website for a local business. Saul became Paul in the firm belief that Jesus really had spoken to him. He was so convinced of Jesus’ messianic identity that he was willing to risk his own life to share that good news.

Sometimes, I believe it would be nice to have such confidence in my own faith life. Other times, I believe that my struggling doubt is something meant to be . . . that I am encouraged to grow and to question in order to be a better disciple of Jesus.

At least THAT understanding of bold faith allows me to boldly go forth!

God, you gave Saul the confidence that you were the promised one to come. Stir that same confidence in my life, that I might better share your love with others. Amen.

 

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