Key Verse: …always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence… —1 Peter 3:15
I remember it well, the day my school friend asked me a question about being a Christian. My heart was racing, I began to sweat, and my mouth went dry. I eventually thought of a great answer to their question, unfortunately it was 6 hours after the event. I lay on my bed regretting how I’d wasted another opportunity to tell my friend about Jesus.
Peter says in his letter, “Always be ready to answer everyone who asks you to explain about the hope you have. But answer them in a gentle way with respect.” If only I’d known they were going to ask me a question, I would have been ready! Maybe the reason Peter says we should always be ready is because few make an appointment when they want to ask us a question; they just ask it. Don’t you find that people ask the best questions at the worst time, just when we were least expecting them to?
How is it possible to take Peter seriously and “always be ready,” ready at all times, and ready with a good answer? The answer is more obvious than it might seem—being ready, means getting ready! Nobody simply wakes up for the championship game ready to play, they need to get ready; nobody just simply lands the perfect job, they need to be prepared. Being ready means putting some time and effort into getting ready, understanding and working out the hope that is in us daily.
I believe this means spending regular time in prayer, getting to know Jesus, the hope of our salvation, and asking Him to give us someone to share this Hope with. It also is learning to share your personal life story with others, and asking others to share their story with you. Simply the best way to prepare is by taking risks, risks that continue to allow you to grow in your reliance on Him with our conversations and relationships.
Pray: Sometimes, God, it feels that we are so inadequate to represent You. Sometimes God, I feel more concerned with the way I look than how You will be perceived through what You’re doing in my life. Today will You use me to share Your hope to those around me?