Boldly Proclaiming

Zechariah 1:3 (NIV): Therefore tell the people: This is what the LORD Almighty says: ‘Return to me,’ declares the LORD Almighty, ‘and I will return to you,’ says the LORD Almighty.

It is really hard to be bold. After all, what will people think? What if they disagree with me? What if I offend others? Will my family approve?

I remember the first time I preached a sermon. I was less than half my current age. I prepared and I shared. I felt that God had called me to share. Still I was anxious, even though my message was on not being anxious about anything!

Zechariah was a young man who had returned to the historical land of Israel and then watched as those older than he was waited around and procrastinated doing what God had said to do. The people were told to rebuild the Temple. They hadn’t. An older prophet, Haggai, had shared but the people still put off the work. If Zechariah didn’t share, what would happen? Would the Temple ever be rebuilt?

It is so easy to procrastinate doing what God wants me to do. Zechariah boldly proclaimed that it was time to get right with God. I believe that his message is for me today. Zechariah shared that the LORD would have relationship with anyone who would simply take the first step.

I want to take that first step. God promises that He is there for me. As I make my move toward God, I can also boldly proclaim exactly what God wants me to share. I can release my fear and questions as I embrace sharing Jesus with others.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You for receiving me as I come to You. May I be Your voice to this world. May I boldly proclaim Your truth and Your salvation through Jesus. May I love others as You have loved me.

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