There is a saying among those who fly planes, “There are old pilots, and there are bold pilots—but there are no old, bold pilots.” While humorous, it makes a good point. Those who choose to fly by the seat of their pants run the risk of being prematurely laid to rest.
My prayer for you is that you become an “old,” bold Christian. By that I mean that you stay faithful to the Lord, committed to His ways, and unabashed about Jesus Christ. Too many Christians take daring chances flying too close to the world and they end up with a wrecked faith.
As Ephesians chapter 3 opens up, Paul is discussing the mystery of the gospel now being revealed. As a consequence of that, faith in Christ is being developed in people. Paul then makes this statement concerning this thought: “in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through faith in Him. Therefore I ask that you do not lose heart…” (v.12-13).
Paul wanted the Ephesians to become “old,” bold Christians. “Old” as in remaining faithful to the end (whenever that would be for them). Bold as in confident in their Savior. “Old” as in enduring with Jesus no matter what. Bold as in expressing to one and all just who Jesus is and what He can do.
What about you? Are you confident that you will become “old” in your Christianity in that you will never give up on Jesus, no matter the circumstance? Are you bold in publicly living faithful to His will and telling others about Him? There’s an added benefit in doing such, for the latter part of v.13 states that if they (and us) live that way, then it will be to “your glory.” So, stay with Christ, express your love for Him, and you will become an “old,” bold, gold Christian!
Broadway church of Christ