“But sanctify [set apart] the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness [gentleness] and fear [respect].”
Answer with hope published week of JULY 18, 2021
One of the prevailing characteristics of our present society is that people everywhere seem to be confused and looking for answers. More often than not, this brings about a looking and a longing for hope in the lives of people. Maybe it’s hope for a better life, hope for a relationship, or just hope that things will get better. Underneath all of this lies the common search for “more” that every human being shares. Have you ever had a moment where you stopped, looked around, and thought, “There has to be more to life than this?” Good news . . . the longing for hope can be answered in Jesus Christ, because as followers of Christ, we have hope. The Apostle Peter is telling his readers that our lives should display hope so clearly that it causes others to ask the reason we have such hope. Peter said that we are always to be prepared to give the reason for the hope that we have. Does your life draw such questions? Is the hope you have in Christ so evident that people flock to you wondering what secret you have discovered?
Always be ready and prepared to give an answer, whenever and to whomever God sends your way. According to the text (1 Peter 3:15), the answer we give is to be seasoned with gentleness and respect in our words. Looking at the example of Jesus throughout the Gospels, we see One who was bold in His proclamation of truth yet gentle in His demeanor. It should be with humble and grateful hearts that we express the hope we have been given. We must always remember that it is by God’s grace and not our works that we have been saved.
What do you need to do in order to be ready to give a gentle answer for your hope? Maybe you need to spend some time in prayer, confessing and repenting of anxiety and fear so that your hope can shine through. Maybe you need to commit some Scripture to memory so that you can share God’s Word at moment's notice. Take a check-up and honestly assess whatever step you need to take and then do it. There is no time to waste as there are people all around us who are searching for hope. Many people do not know where to look and unfortunately, many people look in all the wrong places. May our hope be a beacon that draws them to the Only Source of true hope, the Lord Jesus Christ.
“Dear LORD, please help me to always with an answer that proclaims Your truth with boldness and gentleness. Help me to know how to balance the two so that others see You and not me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”