Be prepared

Witness

1 Peter 3:15  but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect

As a Christian, you have something that people are going to want.  If you’re walking out your faith as a devoted follower you’ll have joy that can’t go unnoticed.  People who are curious about the hope you’ve found are going to ask you what makes you different. Are you ready to give an answer?

We’ve got to be ready at all times, in season and out of season, to give a testimony bearing witness to all God’s done in our lives.  Truth be told, no greater sermon exists than the testimony of someone whose life has been changed by the Savior.  If you regularly take inventory of all God has done, praise Him for it and thank Him for it, you’ll be ready when someone wants to know about your Lord.

Take note of the fact that Peter took the time and effort to include a few words at the end of this passage that weren’t just thrown in there.  Cautioning people to go about witnessing with gentleness and respect was intentional because it can be tempting to get defensive when someone approaches us, especially if we’re caught off guard.  The more prepared we are to give testimony, the more likely we are to react with even emotions, with gentleness and respect for the person asking.  What’s your story?  What is God doing in your life?