35 When it was daylight, the magistrates sent their officers to the jailer with the order: “Release those men.” 36 The jailer told Paul, “The magistrates have ordered that you and Silas be released. Now you can leave. Go in peace.” 37 But Paul said to the officers: “They beat us publicly without a trial, even though we are Roman citizens, and threw us into prison. And now do they want to get rid of us quietly? No! Let them come themselves and escort us out.” 38 The officers reported this to the magistrates, and when they heard that Paul and Silas were Roman citizens, they were alarmed. 39 They came to appease them and escorted them from the prison, requesting them to leave the city. 40 After Paul and Silas came out of the prison, they went to Lydia’s house, where they met with the brothers and sisters and encouraged them. Then they left.
I love the audacity that Paul had. He
knew who he was in this situation and His audacity was based on his citizenship
– Paul was a Roman Citizen.
What about my citizenship? Because of Jesus I am a citizen of Heaven. I have the highest possible standing – I am a co-heir with Jesus (see Romans 8:17), I am chosen by God Himself (see Ephesians 1:4), I am his adopted son (see Ephesians 1:5) and He loves me! (See 1 John 3:1). He dispatches angels on my behalf – I’m that precious to Him! (See Psalm 91:11)
With that kind of citizenship, what audacious step of faith could I take today?
Father, I know you are calling me to live audaciously for You, for Jesus, for the gospel and for loving those around me in your name. Please help me remember who I am – I am your Son! And with that Citizenship I can step out with fearless audacity.
Written by Boudy Van Noppen