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 with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.
I Peter 3:15-16
We are called to share our faith at all times. (II Timothy 4:2) It is our responsibility, and indeed should be our delight, to share the hope that God gives us. Peter exhorts the persecuted body of Christ to set their heart apart for Christ and always be prepared to give an answer for why we have such hope. He also tells them they should share the gospel with gentleness and respect. To me, this is one of the key signs of a mature Christian – one who faithfully and joyfully shares his life in Christ with others in a gentle and respectful way. Often that is done with few words and with much love in action. You may have heard what Francis of Assisi said, “Preach the gospel always; when necessary, use words.”
Today’s Scripture tells us to always be prepared to answer anyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope of Christ that lives within you.
What must you do to be prepared to share your faith story? Read God’s Word to prepare your mind and heart to share your faith. Take time to journal your story; the story of how you came to faith may also be helpful. Just as we collect all the ingredients we need to cook a meal, so we must prepare in advance the tools that we need to share the good news. People tell me all the time that they are afraid of sharing their faith. If you take the time of preparation to tell the greatest story on earth, the Lord will fill you with His Holy Spirit and speak through you.
I pray that You will give me opportunities to share my faith with others. Help me to prepare to share my faith in a gentle, respectful way that reflects the love of Christ.
In Jesus’ name, Amen