1 Peter 3:15 (NIV)

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.

It's not often that people come to you and ask you to tell them about the God you worship. Why would they do that anyway? Because something about you is different. They see hope in you and there is something about you that they would like to have. So if you are not often asked, is it because they don't see the hope?

This verse gives the instructions for causing that hope to surface. It starts by adoring Christ in your heart and by being obedient to Him as Lord. All right, now that that is taken care of, what happens when someone asks? That's the next instruction: be prepared to answer. That means daily reading, study, and meditation on God's word...then doing what it says. After you've done that for a while you ought to be feeling pretty good about your diligence and preparation. Well, that's just what you don't want to do because you need to deliver your answer with meekness and fear as the New King James Version says.


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