by Rick Warren — November 13, 2021
From Uncommon Courage
“So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded."
Hebrews 10:35 (NIV)
You need to accept God’s Word as your authority. It’s the only source of truth. To be a man or woman of courage, you need to build your life on the rock that never changes—not on popular opinion.
Hebrews 6:18 says, “God has given both his promise and his oath. These two things are unchangeable because it is impossible for God to lie. Therefore, we who have fled to him for refuge can have great confidence as we hold to the hope that lies before us” (NLT).
You will build your life on either world opinion or God’s Word. I say things all the time that are unpopular. Why? Because I fear displeasing God more than I do someone’s rejection.
If you don’t know what you believe, you need to figure it out by getting to know the Bible. Your local church is a great resource and can help you find the material you need to grow more familiar with God’s Word.
You need to spend time with Jesus. The more time you spend with Jesus, the less intimidated you’ll be by the opinions of others, and the more courage you’ll have to take a stand. This was true for Jesus’ followers in the Bible: “The leaders saw that Peter and John were not afraid to speak, and they understood that these men had no special training or education. So they were amazed. Then they realized that Peter and John had been with Jesus” (Acts 4:13 NCV).
Standing courageously for an unpopular opinion isn’t easy, but the rewards of standing courageously for the truth will last forever. Hebrews 10:35 says, “So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded” (NIV).