They must turn from evil and do good; they must seek peace and pursue it.12 For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”13 Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? 14 But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear their threats; do not be frightened.”15 But in your hearts revere 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, 16 keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.
1 Peter 3: 11-16
Daily Devotional Series
HOPE: Day 5
Anyone who is familiar with the Boy Scout organization knows that their motto is “Be prepared.” It is their goal to be ready for any and every situation they might find themselves in. Here in California, we are advised to have an emergency kit on hand so we are prepared for the possible event of an earthquake or wildfire.
Verse 15 of our reading tells us to always be prepared to share our faith. Growing up in the church, I remember evangelism campaigns where volunteers were recruited to canvas the neighborhoods and to share their faith. As someone who does not like being in the spotlight, this would terrify me! But if someone were to ask me on a one-to-one basis about my lifestyle and my Christian perspective, I could share my faith with them.
If others look at you, can they see your hope in Christ? Being prepared to share that hope does not involve physically packing an emergency kit. Spending time in prayer, in studying His word and in having a relationship with Jesus is all we need. A stanza from an old hymn from my childhood keeps rolling through my mind: “Our hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness… no merit of mine own I claim but wholly lean on Jesus’ name..” Our faith is meant to be shared. Not to draw attention to ourselves but rather to point others to the cross.
Are you prepared?
About the Author
[ Kay Pflueger ]
Kay Pflueger and her husband Wayne have been members at Victory Church for the last 8 years. Kay is a loving mother and grandmother whose love for the Lord is on display at all times. To contact Kay directly about this devotion, please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.