BCL Grow: "Spirituality with Bravery" — Judges 6:12

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Judges 6:12 (Perseverance)

U.S. Army Sgt. Timothy Collins, 66th Military Intelligence Brigade, goes across the rope bridge at the obstacle course during United States Army Europe's Best Warrior Competition in Grafenwoehr, Germany, July 30, 2012. Image from  Wikimedia Commons  (U.S. Army photo by Visual Information Specialist Markus Rauchenberger/Released).

U.S. Army Sgt. Timothy Collins, 66th Military Intelligence Brigade, goes across the rope bridge at the obstacle course during United States Army Europe's Best Warrior Competition in Grafenwoehr, Germany, July 30, 2012. Image from Wikimedia Commons (U.S. Army photo by Visual Information Specialist Markus Rauchenberger/Released).

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Bible Passage

And the angel of the LORD appeared to him and said to him, “The LORD is with you, O mighty man of valor.” — Judges 6:12

Quote

“God’s call to his people…is to combine spirituality with bravery. True discipleship is radical and risk-taking, because true disciples rely on God to keep his promises to bless them, and not on their own instincts, plans, or insurance policies.” — Timothy Keller, Judges For You, p. 17.

Steps to Take

1. Consider: What does a brave person look like to you? Fictional characters who save the day in a tremendous way are said to be brave. Real-life bravery is also seen in firefighters, police officers, and soldiers. But as Christians we are called to be brave every single day as we humbly trust God in all our circumstances. This bravery is the type that believes God and acts according to God’s plan which often means stepping out of our comfort zone.

2. Know: Consider famous people in the Bible, those who were faithful when called to step out of their comfort zone, such as Gideon (Judg. 6:12). Abraham was called to leave his home country (Gen. 12:1-3). Yet bravery can also be in small things like patience with a stubborn child, compassion for a difficult neighbor, forgiveness toward a thoughtless friend. It may be more comfortable to be impatient or gossip and complain about a situation. Yet reflecting Christ’s love in these or other “small” situations is also bravery, for true patience, love, and forgiveness is not something we can muster up in ourselves but is fruit of the Holy Spirit and done in dependence upon Him. We must trust that Christ’s way of dealing with the situation (love, patience, kindness, etc.) is the best.

3. Trust: Soldiers are called to bravery in battle, and Christians are in a battle every day. As situations present themselves to you, remember to follow your Lord. He may call you to big steps of bravery, but there are always little battles where bravery is needed as you speak words of kindness and love or pray for those who mock or discourage you. Trust and follow your Lord.