What’s the bold move?
It’s an important question for all of us, for all of us who try to follow the King, Jesus Christ. It’s important for men. It’s important for women. It’s also a great entry point into adventure with God.
“What’s the bold move?” It’s a question that should be asked often, in one form or another, when men gather in Christian community. It’s a question that challenges us to press our intellectual understanding of the truth of our King, Jesus Christ, into clear, practical action. It dares us to form Gospel words into living, breathing reality.
“What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? . . . Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works” (James 2:14, 18).
from WiRE Devotional for Men
My men’s group spent this past summer and early fall meeting outside, in cool California evenings, gathered around a fire, asking the question: “What’s the bold move?”
Here’s exactly what we did:
- We gave each man a total of about thirty to forty minutes (2-3 men per meeting)
- We first had each man talk for a few minutes about what’s going on with him—where God’s challenging him, pushing him, blessing him, whatever
- Then we prayed
- Then we listened . . . for anything—thoughts, words, pictures from God the Holy Spirit—about what might be a fun, scary, cool ‘bold move’ for the particular man
- When we finish listening, we went around and talked about what we each thought we might have heard
- We then had the man for whom we’ve just prayed/listened choose one ‘bold move’ and commit to doing it
- Lastly, the rest of us would commit to encouraging him and keeping him accountable over subsequent weeks
It was a rich time. We talked a lot. We prayed a lot. We listened a lot. We encouraged a lot. And we laughed a lot.
My personal ‘bold move’ (and it isn’t that bold, I know) is to use Ann Voskamp’s 1000 Gifts iPhone app to track blessings. You see, God’s apparently doing something in me about gratitude. It started a few weeks ago when Jennifer and I watched the movie Holy Ghost from Darren Wilson and Wanderlust Productions. In the movie, Michael W. Smith said something that caught me off guard. He said his prayer was to get to a point where he was “offended by no one.” When I heard that, I thought about myself. I mean, it seems I’m offended by everyone. Not really, but it does seem like I go through my days offended by way too many people. “Offended by no one.” That would be awesome, I thought to myself. That would be freedom.
So, I made that my prayer too. The question was, though, how does one get there? How could I possibly get to ‘offended by no one?’ Well, I could certainly pray—which I did. I spoke to my King about it. I asked for help from the Holy Spirit. But I also felt compelled to do something. I felt compelled to find some practical, measurable way I could be obedient on this. I wanted find a way I could show God, show myself, show the enemy that I was serious. What I wanted was a ‘bold move.’
Soon thereafter I heard Ann Voskamp speak at a Q event. She talked about gratitude. She talked about 1000 Gifts. She talked about letting go of grudges, offenses, pride, negativity. She talked about being practical. She talked about measuring. Her talk spoke to me in a way that I knew it was actually God speaking to me, suggesting a ‘bold move.’ I brought it to men around the fire at my men’s group. They agree:
For each of us, there comes a time when we just must take action, must take risk. There comes a time when our faith mandates that action and risk are the only real options. And that’s when things begin to happen—big, breathtaking things—not because we seek them out necessarily, but because they’re the byproduct of lives that reflect faith.
from WiRE Devotional for Men
What’s the bold move?
It’s an important question for married couples too. It’s an important question for the Holy Entangled. When we move boldly in our faith—together, as couples—it demonstrates, with our actions, with our shared lives, that we do indeed trust Jesus. It demonstrates that our one flesh trusts the King of Kings. Maybe it’s reaching out to another couple and inviting them over for dinner, despite difficulty or the awkwardness of asking; maybe it’s serving in a way that’s difficult or mundane or unseen or inconvenient; maybe it’s giving money, despite worry or greed; maybe it’s sharing faith, despite trepidation or discomfort; or maybe it’s something else entirely.
God often pushes us out of comfortable places—and it’s so good that he does. We are meant for daring lives. Let’s dare together.
Your challenge for today:
Talk and pray about how you and your spouse might live out your faith, together, with a big, ‘bold move.’ After you’ve prayed and discussed it for a few minutes, choose something simple, near-term (i.e., this week, this month), and achievable. Then, just go and do it together. Make sure it’s something that’s fairly balanced, not something that falls too heavily on one spouse or the other. Make sure it’s something you do together.
“The Lord is on my side; I will not fear” (Psalm 118:6 ESV).
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