FRIDAY, MARCH 12
but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you;
yet do it with gentleness and respect,
1 Peter 3:15 (ESV)
LET GOD SPEAK THROUGH YOU
A troop of Boy Scouts was being used as “guinea pigs” in a test of emergency systems. A mock earthquake was staged, and the Scouts impersonated wounded persons who were to be picked up and cared for by the emergency units. One Scout was supposed to lie on the ground and await his rescuers, but the first-aid people got behind schedule, and the Scout lay “wounded” for several hours. When the first-aid squad arrived where the casualty was supposed to be, they found nothing but a brief note, “Have bled to death and gone home.”
There is a sense of urgency in the words of the Apostle Peter when he writes, “always being prepared.” You are to be ready at a moment’s notice to explain what you believe. You should know what you believe, why you believe it, and you should be ready, willing and able to explain what you believe to someone else. The word used for “defense” in 1 Peter 3 comes from the same word we get the word “apologetics.” Apologetics is not apologizing for Christianity. Instead, it is defending and explaining Christianity with the hope that it will lead others to Christ.
God can speak through you at any moment. Do you feel ready to talk about God to people? What would it take for you to feel ready? Ask God what He wants you to do to be ready at any moment to give a reason for your faith in Him.
Thank God for the hope that He has placed in your heart. Ask God to lead someone into your life who is ready to hear the good news of God’s offer of grace through Jesus.