Be Prepared

This week on GUWG, we’re looking at ROCK’S GREATEST HITS — words of wisdom from the disciple Jesus nicknamed “Rock” (aka Peter).

Here’s today’s selection …

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)

Maybe you’re a bit like me. You pray fervently for the people around you to believe in Jesus. Then one day one of them comes up to you and says: “You seem different. What’s your deal?”

Waaaaay too often, my answer to that question begins something like: “Umm, yeah, well, uh, you know, um, ahhhh …..”

Don’t let that happen to you. We’re called to be prepared to answer questions like that. Study the Bible for all it’s worth (and that’s a lot). Every day. Pray hard for the right words. Ask the Holy Spirit for help — he’s an expert in defending the faith.

Other times, I find myself sucked into arguments about God where I become a rude and insensitive blowhard. Don’t let that happen to you either. We’re called to be gentle and respectful.

Here’s a prayer for all of us:

DEAR GOD,

Help me always
be prepared to give an answer
to everyone who asks about my faith.
Help me always
be gentle and respectful.
And help me live my life in a way
that will communicate your love
in all I do.

AMEN

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