Matthew 21:12–13 (NKJV)
12 Then Jesus went into the temple of God and drove out all those who bought and sold in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves. 13 And He said to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer,’ but you have made it a ‘den of thieves.’ ”
Many times Jesus is depicted as a meek man, I love to see this side of Him. Jesus by nature is love, but He can certainly have a righteous anger. Can you imagine being there as this scene played out? Definitely not the frail little Jesus we see in children’s stories. He saw that His Father’s house was being made a den of thieves and quickly took the appropriate measures to remove the offending parties. Seriously though… it would have been like a scene out of Avengers. Matthew calming an irritated Jesus… “Hey, big guy. Sun’s gettin’ real low.” OK, it probably did not play out like but I still love the boldness.
Walk With Boldness
While we may never have to flip tables, we still should walk through this life with a certain boldness. Hebrews 13:6 (6) So we may boldly say: “The LORD is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?”
With the Lord on our side, why wouldn't we have boldness? The question is… how do we use it? For some that may be stepping out in faith to speak to an unbeliever about salvation. For others, it may be as simple as helping a friend in need. While others, it may be boarding a plane to spread the Gospel to foreign countries. Whatever the Lord is calling us to, we are called do it with a spirit of boldness.
We Can Go To God With Boldness
Ephesians 3:12 promises...(12) in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through faith in Him… We can have boldness as we take our needs and desires to the Lord in prayer. 1 John 5:14–15 proves this... (14) Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. (15) And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him… We indeed should go to the Lord with a certain boldness!
Whether we are going to the Lord for prayer or walking through this world, we should do so with the boldness of Christ. We do not have to rush into a room and overturn tables, but people should see the boldness of Christ in everything we do.
Acts 4:13 (NKJV)
13 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus.