Daily Bible Reading – Isaiah 40-42; 1 Peter 3
Today’s Key Passage – 1 Peter 3:15-16
Most of us know that the Boy Scout motto is “Be Prepared”. While I was never a Boy Scout, I still like to live with this motto in mind, as it just seems like good advice. When I pack for a trip, I always pack more than I think I will need, just in case I end up having to stay another night or spill anything on my clothes. In my vehicle, I always keep basic tools, a flashlight, and an air pump just in case I ever break down. When going to a meeting or an appointment, I always leave a few minutes early just in case I am caught in traffic. These are just a few of the ways in which I try to be prepared for the worst-case scenario.
We can also strive to be prepared for the best-case scenario. In today’s key passage, the apostle Peter gives us two pieces of advice to help us be prepared for the best scenario of all – sharing the good news of Jesus Christ. First, he says, “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”. (Vs. 15) Peter knew a very simple truth that each of us should keep in mind – you never know when someone might ask you about your faith, and when this happens, we must be prepared to answer. The best way to be prepared for this eventuality is through practice. Practice telling friends or family members your personal testimony. When asked about our faith, often the most appropriate response is not to tell others what Jesus can do for them, but rather what Jesus has done for you. By using this approach, you can gently and respectfully share your faith and avoid making the other person feel defensive.
The second way to be prepared to share the Gospel is through the way you live your life. Peter continues his earlier thought by saying, “keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.” (Vs. 16) When we live according to God’s Word, we keep a clear conscience and avoid the guilt that accompanies sin. When others see our behavior in action, they will be able to observe firsthand the power of God in our lives. For some people, this might be enough to cause them to seek God on their own, wanting to change their own lives for the better. For others, while your behavior may not stop them from slandering you entirely, it will cause their words to serve only as an embarrassment for them.
Our complete witness for Christ is a combination of what we say and what we do. When we are able to share our story about how God has changed our lives, and are able to back up that story with our actions and behaviors, we will always be prepared.
During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you? Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.
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May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you today.