And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto Thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak Thy word-Acts 4:29
Jesus Christ and his disciples were noted for their courage…Jesus Christ never fawned upon the rich; He stooped not to the great and noble; He stood erect, a man before men-the prophet of the people; speaking out boldly and freely what He thought…. faithfully He proclaimed what He knew to be the truth of God…If He saw a Scribe or a Pharisee in the congregation, He did not keep back part of the price, but pointing His finger, He said, “Woe unto you, Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites;” and when a lawyer came, saying, “Master, in speaking thus, thou condemnest us also;” He turned round and said “Woe unto you, lawyers, for ye bind heavy burdens upon men, while ye yourselves will not touch them with so much as one of your fingers.” He dealt out honest truth; He never knew the fear of man; He trembled at none; He stood out as God’s chosen, whom He had anointed above His fellows, careless of man’s esteem.
My friends, be like Christ in this. Have none of the time-serving religion of the present day, which is merely exhibited in evangelical drawing-rooms,-a religion which only flourishes in a hot-bed atmosphere, a religion which is only to be perceived in good company. No; if ye are the servants of God, be like Jesus Christ, bold for your Master; never blush to own your religion; your profession will never disgrace you; take care you never disgrace that. Your love to Christ will never dishonor you; it may bring some temporary slight from your friends, or slanders from your enemies; but live on, and you shall live down their calumnies; live on, and ye shall stand amongst the glorified, honored even by those who hissed at you, when He shall come to be glorified by His angels, and admired by them that love Him. Be like Jesus, very valiant for your God, so that when they shall see your boldness, they may say, “He has been with Jesus.” ~ C.H. Spurgeon