Be Prepared

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 with gentleness and respect.”  1 Peter 3:15

Are you prepared to give an answer to people when they inquire about your attitude?  If someone says, “What’s the deal with you?  Why are you so upbeat?  How do you stay so positive and hopeful?” what do you say?

If you don’t have an answer, get one, because that’s exactly what God’s Word commands. Be prepared to defend your faith, to stand boldly for what you believe.  Peter wrote these words to persecuted Christians.  Quoting the prophet Isaiah, he reminded them to set apart (sanctify) Christ as Lord.  Theologian Albert Barnes explains, “Thus, in entire accordance with the sentiment as employed by Isaiah, he says, “Be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled; but sanctify the Lord God in your hearts.” That is, “in order to keep the mind calm in trials, sanctify the Lord in your hearts; regard him as your holy God and Saviour; make him your refuge. This will allay all your fears, and secure you from all that you dread.” The sentiment of the passage then is, that the sanctifying of the Lord God in our hearts, or proper confidence in him as a holy and righteous God, will deliver us from fear.”

This passage teaches us to share the reason for our hope in God with “meekness and fear.” We answer others with gentleness and kindness, not with pride or arrogance, and we do so with the awareness that God is present and listening.  We speak only what pleases and honors Him.

If you have not yet “set apart Christ as Lord” in your heart, please do so.  Seek God and ask Him to be Lord (leader/ruler) of your life.  If you have been born of God, then others should be noticing and inquiring about your faith. If they aren’t, consider why not.

May we all be prepared to gladly and boldly represent our awesome God.

Jeff Wilson

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