February 4: Share Your Hope

Rembrandt’s portrayal of Peter’s denial.

Read 1 Peter 3:8-22

It was a missed opportunity. One I still reflect on with regret. You see, I came to Christ at age 14. God’s Spirit somehow showed that the work of Christ in me was to include a radical, pervasive transformation. Please understand that I am far from perfect. There are still countless tendencies and realities but as God changed me, it became my hope and prayer that my life would become a testimony for Christ’s sake.

Then came the opportunity. Someone at school actually posed the question . . . what was it that made me different?

I stammered and stuttered, started and stopped, rambled and replied. What came out of my mouth was some kind of broad generality that did anything but point clearly to Christ as the reason for my hope. Like Peter, given the chance to speak of his relationship with Christ as he warmed himself by the fire, I felt as if I heard a rooster crow reminding me of a foiled opportunity.

I wonder if Peter mentally relived his own fireside experience as the Spirit of God prompted him to record these words: “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 you have.” God’s plan is that we unite a life marked by good works with a voice that expresses Christ’s words.

As we begin this three-week series on sharing our faith, let me challenge you to look for an opportunity to express the hope you have found in Jesus into a conversation. You might even invite someone to join you at Grace. As you do so, don’t let today’s opportunities be like fireside chats that end with the crowing of a rooster!


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