Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Audacity: the call to more


au·dac·i·ty

noun
1.the willingness to take bold risks.
"her audacity came in handy during our most recent emergency"
synonyms: boldness, daring, fearlessness,  bravery, courage


If you read yesterday's post, you saw that one of my New Year's resolutions was to live audaciously. I'm naturally timid; I hate taking risks. My idea of a good time consists of reading a book while drinking a strong cup of coffee and listening to the rain patter on the rooftops (and, of course, blogging). I have a very small comfort zone, but believe me, it's quite comfortable.

This year, I felt God calling me to more. I could practically hear His whisper, His loving command to step out of my shell because He has so many better things in mind, things that aren't possible in my cozy comfort zone. The last week of Christmas break, I had a little pouting-party because of my reluctance to follow His call. I battled with Him all week. God, do I really have to actually talk to people? Every single awkward situation possible popped into my head. What if God told me to talk to that person I don't like? What if I have to talk to a new kid? I'm a terrible small talker, and God's call had me terrified.

Now, take a look at the definition of audacity pasted above: the willingness to take bold risks.

As I read this definition, it occurred to me that life itself truly is audacious, and to follow where God leads takes more  audacity than any human naturally possesses. To surrender your life and your dreams to God and to follow Him even when you don't know the future, that is truly audacious, and that audacity cannot come from within yourself, no matter how outgoing you are. 

The kind of audacity that I want to live out this year, the kind of audacity that God calls us to have, can only spur from a deep trust in God and a burning desire to spread His good news.

The apostle Paul makes a bold claim in Philippians 1:21: "For me to live is Christ and to die is gain." With this statement, Paul confirms that apart from Jesus Christ he has no reason to live. And apart from Jesus, there is no life.

Think about all the well-known Bible characters: Noah, Abraham, Joshua, David, Jonah, Esther, and countless more. They all seem quite audacious, don't they? Not afraid to go against popular opinion, they followed God's call in their lives. They didn't care if, to the world, they looked like complete idiots. Joshua and the Israelites didn't care that it might look incredibly unintelligent to march around a city wall seven times in hope that it would fall, but they did. Noah didn't care that everyone laughed while he spent one-hundred years building an arc, and Esther didn't care that it could possibly cost her relationship with her husband and her life to speak for her people, but she did. And you know what they all have in common? Faith in the One True God. To live with this audacity there is no special formula, no secret code or magic potion; this audacity originates with faith in God and thrives in humble, willing hearts.

Knowing that God has a plan for my life and that He is in complete control always, I hope to brave the unknown and follow His call to be truly audacious.

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Has God called you to do anything that frightens you lately? I'd love to hear from you!

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