TODAY’S SIGNATURE VERSE ••• But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear. (1 Peter 3:15 NKJV)
PRAISE & PRAYER PROMPT ••• The Chamber of Commerce I’m involved with had a Cash Mob this week. (So you’re not left wondering — a Cash Mob is a scheduled event where Chamber Members go to support another Chamber Member.) The Cash Mob was at a Nothing Bundt Cake store (we all made a tremendous personal sacrifice to cash mob a cake shop), and the first person I saw when I walked in the door was my massage therapist, who is also a Chamber Member. She immediately asked me how my mom was doing. I looked at her like a deer caught in headlights. I had no idea what she was talking about, but apparently, when my Mom sprained her foot last week, she’d had a massage appointment that she had to cancel. So, obviously (minus me since I was clueless), my massage therapist was concerned.
But that sprained ankle was so last week. I barely remember what I ate for breakfast, much less keeping up with the events that happened over a week ago. Besides, Mom and I are both total klutzes. It’s hard to keep up with all the times the two of us trip on something (my husband is convinced that my favorite word is “Ow”). So when she asked me about Mom, my mind just didn’t shift that fast.
After feeling kind of stupid that my massage therapist had to explain her concern about my own mother, I assured her Mom was fine. Her foot is yellow from the bruising, but she’s doing much better. This most recent sprained ankle is definitely not Mom’s first rodeo.
Have you ever been in that situation, too? Maybe not exactly the same, but asked a question that should be obvious to answer, but you’re left with a brain that suddenly seems empty of any ideas, thoughts, or coherent sentences?
What about when someone asks you about your faith? Peter wrote in 1 Peter 3:15, “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear.”
I think this is something a lot of Christians dread. We are comfortable talking about our faith with each other…. We are our own safe zone, right? But in order to fulfill the Great Commission of Matthew 28:19-20, we have to be bold enough to talk about our faith. Out loud. To other people. Even people who aren’t Christians. And for us to have an impact, our actions have to back up what we say, and we have to look different from the world.
I want to believe that most Christians are on board with that…. But I know from plenty of conversations on the topic, many are hesitant, not out of doubt about God, but from fear that they will be asked a question they can’t answer.
How are we supposed to answer someone who doesn’t believe in God? How are we supposed to explain ourselves to people when they ask why we believe in Jesus?
How can we get ready? How can we give a defense for the hope we have in Jesus? Do we all need to sign up for seminary??
Peter’s one to talk! He and the disciples saw Jesus in the flesh. And even after He died, they saw Him resurrected. They watched Him ascend to heaven. Their testimony was based on matters they had faith in, yes…. But also matters they saw first hand. We don’t have that luxury — yet. But still, as Jesus said, “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed” (John 20:29b).
So we may read Peter’s words and think yeah — could he have left a few more instructions?? But we have all we need. As Christians, the Spirit of God lives in us. Let us remember a few important passages:
- 2 Timothy 3:16-17…. God’s Word is perfect. If we’re studying it, reflecting on it, and memorizing it — Scripture will come to us when we need it.
- Hebrews 13:20-21…. The Holy Spirit will equip us to do His will.
- Philippians 4:13…. We don’t have to rely on our own strength because we have the Holy Spirit strengthening us.
- James 1:5… We only have to ask for wisdom and God will provide it.
- Luke 12:12… The Holy Spirit will tell us what to say.
Did you catch all that?? It’s not up to us what we’ll say!!! When the time comes for us to answer questions, all we need to do is quickly pray and let God guide our words. He is faithful.
Let me share one of my all time favorite quotes…. “If you think you’ve blown God’s plan for your life, rest in this. You, my beautiful friend, are not that powerful” (Lisa Bevere). If God has given you the privilege of being a witness for Him — He will not let you fail.
You never know…. God may be using you to spread the seed…. Or water the soil… Or harvest the field…. Wherever in the process God places you — He will never leave you alone. He will always equip the called for His great purpose.
You won’t be left standing in a cake shop feeling stupid. And if you are — here’s my advice: a mouthful of cake will give you a moment to pause, pray, and let the Holy Spirit guide your words…. So you won’t have to worry about eating them later.
Today, as you pray, thank God for His promise to always supply you with whatever He’s called you to do. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you get out of your head and even your own way. Ask Him to help you trust in His provision, including the words He will give you when you’re put in the position to share with others. Ask Him for opportunities and trust in His perfect direction.
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