1 Peter 3:15 "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."
Today's post is simple, but extremely challenging! Everyday when I wake up, I ask the Lord to help me, to guide me, to allow people to see something different in me...to let them see Jesus.
Now I sure don't always get it right...just ask my husband or my children! But my heart's desire is to be more like Jesus everyday and for people to wonder where my joy comes from. I love 1 Peter 3:15 because Scripture can't get any clearer on what we as believers are commanded to do. As we break down 1 Peter 3:15, I pray you take time to reflect on the "Take Aways" that you will find under each point.
1. Honor Christ in your hearts always
The word honor (hagiazo) in this text means "treat as holy, regard reverently". What you treat as holy in your heart will have an impact on the rest of your life. To treat Christ as holy means that you do not see yourself as the center of your purpose; rather it means you see yourself as a redeemed sinner.
Where is God ranked in your life? Do you make Him a priority, or do you just fit Him in where your schedule allows?
2. Be prepared
1 Thessalonians 5:6, "So then let us not sleep, as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober."
To be asleep is to be inactive! What a dangerous place to be as a believer! We should always have our hearts and eyes on Jesus as we learn more about Him everyday through His Word and through prayer.
The more we are prepared and spend time with our Father, the easier it is to tell others about Him.
Would you say you are prepared when it comes to sharing about Jesus? Do you spend time getting to know Him and listening to Him?
3. Make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you
1 John 1:3, "We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard"
People can argue all day long over theology and religion, but there is one thing that NO ONE can argue with...and that is the reason for the hope that is in YOU! You have a personal story of what you have seen and heard and no one can take that away from you.
Have you ever shared the reason for your hope with anyone? Have you ever written out your defense of the reason for the hope that is in you?
Laura is a pastor's wife, mom to two crazy fun kids, part-time marketing director, loves hanging out in her community and building relationships...oh and loves to laugh!