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
Instead of being driven and shaken by threats, Peter says “be ready to give an answer to anyone who asks about the hope you possess”. Who is this Jesus who saved your soul from the pit? We are in a passive time in our churches today. Just wink at a preacher and follow along with a canned and processed prayer and an administrative body will count you among the converted.
But what does it sound like when someone asks why we are different? Does anyone ask that of us at all? Are we really any different now? Has Jesus had any impact upon you that anyone would notice? If so, what would you say in response?
If someone comments positively on a shirt we received from someone special in our lives, we will likely respond with “my _____ gave me this shirt back when, and it’s my favorite”. Can we recall our experience with Christ Jesus in confidence? Will that passion still be evident as you recount the tale? If someone asks with hostility, can we make a defense and stand boldly in it, or will we be crushed?
Peter tells us to set Christ apart as Lord in our hearts. Is He? Jesus is more than raw meat on crossed timbers. More than Easter egg hunts and presents under a tree. He is more than health and financial blessing. He is Savior, Redeemer, and He has lifted my life back into alignment with the One who made me in His image.
Move forward men, ready, even eager to make any form of defense about our Hope. In fact, He said “Go, make disciples” and it starts with making occasions to present our defense of His work in our lives.