Women of Reverence welcomes Jan MacMillan as a guest blogger.
Jan MacMillan is a lover of Jesus, wife to Nicholas and mom of two very energetic, happy boys- Malachi (3 years) and Judah (two years).
Jan loves being around people, will never say no to an almond milk cappuccino and is passionate about empowering people to live in the fullness Jesus has for them by giving them practical handles on how to lay hold of His truth and walk it out in everyday life.
Jan has a BComm Degree, specialising in Marketing, Entrepreneurship and Innovation. After graduating at Stellenbosch, she went to spend time at Iris Ministries in Mozambique. She then went on to spend a year at Bethel School Of Supernatural Ministry.
Together with her husband, they are a part of the Glenridge Eldership Team and consider it a great joy to serve the bride of Christ.
Other interests of Jan include coffee shop musings, swimming in the sea, and running on the Durban promenade with her two boys chasing after her on their bikes.
We recently hosted a leaders weekend at Glenridge Church and put together two pivotal questions to prompt our leaders thoughts: What is your big faith ask this year? And, How bold are you?
And so, my question for you today is: How bold are you?
I love the story in Acts 4. Peter and John had just witnessed the miracle of the lame beggar being healed and because of this healing and bold preaching of the Name of Jesus, they were arrested. They were then brought before the counsel and authorities and questioned, “By what power or by what name did you do this?” (Acts 4:7).
Peter, then filled with the Holy Spirit responds with an incredible boldness. Such boldness in fact that it causes the authority of that day to stand astounded.
Acts 4:13 says that when the council of elders saw the boldness of Peter and John and realised that they were uneducated, untrained and unequipped men, they realised that they “had been with Jesus.”
Wow! Did you see that? Let me say it again: “...they realised that they had been with Jesus.”
The boldness of Peter and John was attributed to them being with Jesus.
It’s time for the church to rise up with boldness.
The original Greek word for Boldness is translated as fearless confidence.
More than ever, now is the time for us to rise up with fearless confidence.
I have been watching my two year old follow his brother around the garden during lockdown and Judah totally thinks that he can keep up with his older brother. He jumps off slides and lands on his two feet, climbs up the high cargo net and dips his whole body under water (followed by hysterical giggles). He is totally unaware of his limitations as a toddler and fully believes that he is capable of doing daring and adventurous things (for a two year old).
It’s time to be like a child as Jesus teaches us. To throw off our human limitations and trust in the inconceivable capabilities of our Father.
It’s time to throw off our insecurities and put on boldness.
Now more than ever, we need to echo the believers' prayer in Acts 4 and ask the Holy Spirit to fill us with more boldness. It’s time to partner with Heaven’s mandate, to declare the year of the Lord’s favour over our cities and speak His victory over our land.
Let’s be a generation who are known for our radical boldness; that the world may stop and stare and their only response be: Surely they have been with Jesus.