Under Construction - Part 3
1 Peter 3:14, 15 "Do not fear what they fear; do not be frightened.” But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this in gentleness and respect,"
The apostle Peter was encouraging the new believers 2000 years ago to live lives that are so "hope filled" that people watching us will be moved to ask about the hope that is inside of us.
I was raised to believe that people would ask me about my faith if I was happy all the time or if I lived a pure life people would be amazed and want to live like me. That is an over statement, but it is also how many people felt in my world. That may not be the real world we find ourselves in today.
The truth is that we as believers face all the same fears and pressures that our unsaved neighbours face. Scripture tells us that we are not to fear what others fear. What does that mean? People without Christ face life challenges in many ways that can actually inspire us as we watch. They use attitude, toughness, grit and determination. So do we as believers. What makes us any different? The apostle says it is one thing only and that is hope in God who doesn't keep us away from terror or tension but does keep us in those times. That hope is a supernatural hope. It is a hope that is real and true. It is a hope that "passes human understanding".
The question remains, how do we have such a hope? At first glance, it may be that just being a believer is all that it takes, but that would be misleading. What do I mean? If it were just a case of believing or not believing there would be a lot more "sharing of faith" in Canada, but that isn't happening.
A closer look at 1 Peter 3:15 is the key. As believers we must set apart (put first place) or consecrate Jesus Christ as Lord in our hearts. Meaning, we must as believers so engage with Christ as the owner of our hearts and lives that it flows out in a sense of hope even in the midst of real life challenges.
In short, we will be witnesses when we are true disciples making our faith real to real people watching in a real world.
Let's share our faith.