Thursday, October 9, 2014

What Is Your Answer?

Encouragement for your daily walk with God

America is enthralled with the game show Jeopardy. It has been on daytime and nighttime TV since 1964—50 years! Why is it that so many people enjoy watching such trivia related programs? Could it be that we like to be the first to blurt out the correct answer? Perhaps it feeds our egos to know we are smarter and faster at the trigger than the person next to us.

On another note, why is it that so many Christ followers are afraid to give answers about their faith? Is it the potential embarrassment or fear that we are not able to give the right answer? Is it as simple as we fear our egos will take a hit when we’re put on the spot?

The apostle Peter didn’t mince words when he said, “Always be prepared” with an answer in life’s Jeopardy game [my very loose translation of 1 Peter 3:15]. That’s the advice he offered to Christ followers of all ages. As we interact with people in our daily lives, Christ followers are instructed to be ready to share our reasons of hope in Christ, whether we feel qualified or not!

When I was growing up, I had what some people would refer to as a “motor-mouth.” Quite often, my dear Mother would say, “Zip it up!” That meant to be quiet. But today, I’m telling you, “Don’t zip it up!” Look for opportunities to share your hope in Christ, and trust the Holy Spirit to strengthen you as you do.

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. 1 Peter 3:15

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