15 Instead, you must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your hope as a believer, always be ready to explain it. 1 Peter 3:15 NLT
We should always be ready to explain why we believe, why we hope, why we rejoice. Barna Research stated “Only half (52%) of born again Christians say they actually did share the Gospel at least once this past year to someone with different beliefs, in the hope that they might accept Jesus Christ as their Savior.”
Did you notice from the scripture above, “And if someone asks about your hope…” Consider what this is saying; you are living a life that communicates hope to people around you to such a degree that they are perplexed enough to come to you!
Our lives should be testimony, we should be bearing fruit which causes people to taste our hope, taste our joy, and desire to know from where did we procure such fruit!
How many times has someone NOTICED your hope, noticed your joy, and had the fortitude to come and ask you for an explanation? That number, that exact sum is the number of times that you have drawn people to Jesus simply by the way you live!
So what do we do in THAT moment? What do we say? What can we draw from?
I believe there are two basic things which we need in order to be able to share why we have hope:
- Knowledge – so few people actually study the scriptures and subsequently have no idea what they really believe or how salvation has occurred in their life.
- Experience – if you’ve had an actual encounter with God, your life is changed. If this is true of you, the experience of God is enough to fuel your ability to testify but if you couple it with the knowledge of scriptures your story will infused with the power of Holy Spirit and will be effective.
16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:16 NKJV
I want to encourage you to read the book of Romans, understand what the terms justification and sanctification mean, begin a daily devotion time between you and God, a time meant for you to pray, read the Bible, and worship. It is in these daily times of honestly seeking after God’s presence, and reading His word that you will discover the tools necessary to “be ready to explain” your hope.