How Can We Live Boldly for God in Today’s World?
By: Pastor Heather N. Boss
Living boldly for God in today’s world can be daunting, to say the least. We often feel like
we’re swimming against the current and fighting against forces that oppose our faith. But, if we’re willing to take a stand for what we believe in and courageously follow God’s plans for our lives, we will find a renewed strength.
As Christian women, it’s essential that we evaluate the world around us and discern how
we can serve the Lord in its midst. We must be willing to take the lead in boldly proclaiming the gospel (Acts 4:5-22), maintaining the sanctity of our faith (2 Timothy 4:7), and speaking out on social issues in a grace-filled manner (Colossians 3:12-14). We must find ways to share God’s love with those around us, no matter the cost.
In addition, living boldly for God means building a strong relationship with Him (John
14:23). We must learn to trust in Him and rely on His strength to face life’s challenges. We must strengthen our faith through prayer and Scripture study, refusing to give in to the temptation of worldliness or compromise the truth of the gospel (2 Timothy 2:15). We must also guard ourselves from unhealthy influences, like media that celebrates values contrary to those taught in the Bible (2 Peter 2:1-3).
Lastly, to live boldly for God, we must have the courage to be who God has created us to
be (Genesis 1:27) and be okay with it (2 Timothy 1:6). We must strive for authenticity in our lives and in our faith. We must admit our shortcomings and be willing to take ownership of our mistakes. We must be open to constructive criticism yet remain grounded in our faith in times of ridicule. Exploring our own identities, even in an ever-changing society, will free us to be who we are meant to be, living authentically for God.
Living boldly for God in today’s world is a challenge and a journey. But it’s one that we
must undertake if we are to be obedient to His will. With courage, faith, and an unwavering commitment, we can be valiant in His name and be a shining light in a dark world.
“But though we had already suffered and been shamefully treated at Philippi, as you know, we had boldness in our God to declare to you the gospel of God in the midst of much conflict.”
1 Thessalonians 2:2
Heather Boss, Director of Firehouse Academy, is a teacher and speaker. Heather is happily married to her husband Taylor, and a mother of two delightful girls and a son due in 2023. She and her family have made their home in Moore, Oklahoma. Heather has been in ministry around the world for over ten years. She serves as the Youth and Family Advisor for Churches of God, General Conference ministries throughout Oklahoma, Arkansas, Texas, Missouri and Kansas. She is a spiritual care chaplain for Oklahoma Conference of Churches in Oklahoma and is the Administrative Pastor at Firehouse Community Outreach in Moore. Heather is a strong advocate for the Family Ministries Mountain.