The other day I was caught by surprise. I was shopping at my favorite butcher shop when the butcher asked: “could I ask you a personal question?” I have always exchanges pleasantries with this guy, but now he had a serious question. I said “sure.” He asked; “Where do you get your source of happiness…you are always smiling.”
I knew exactly where I get my source of happiness and joy, but I was caught off guard. So I gave him a lame answer; “Happiness is a choice…I choose to be happy.” I could tell he was disappointed in my answer.
A few days following that encounter I was reading 1 Peter and came across 3:15 where we are instructed to always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you. I went back to the butcher the next day and told him that I didn’t give him the quality response that his question deserved. I told him in front of listening customers that my happiness and joy comes from living within the hope and promise of salvation…the salvation made possible by Jesus Christ. I told him I was a struggling Christian, and then I asked him about his relationship with God.
It’s rare for someone to ask such a direct question of us, but when they do, scripture tells us to be ready.
Today, think how you might respond when someone asks you the reason for the hope within you. Can you articulate to yourself the impact your faith and God’s actions have in your daily, moment-to-moment living. This is what we need to live out and then tell others about. Click here to tell us how you shared your faith with others, or how and why you struggle to, as many do.
I come to you with a thankful heart. I recognize Your Son Jesus Christ as my Lord and I trust Him for the strength to lead a God-pleasing life. Help me Lord to not be speechless when called upon to defend my faith and to spread Your message of forgiveness, faith, love and hope. Help me do so with gentleness and respect. Help me Lord to be a lighthouse for those in need. I pray with the authority granted to me through Jesus Christ, and all God’s people said – AMEN!
In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear;
1 Peter 3:15