But in your hearts revere 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
How does one prepare to give an answer to everyone who asks you for the reason of the hope that you have? The heart has a lot to do with what comes out of the mouth. If we revere Christ in our hearts, we are more likely to have that reverence for Him coming through our speech.
I know that when we open our mouths, the Holy Spirit will guide us in what to say. Mark 13 says, 9 “You must be on your guard. You will be handed over to the local councils and flogged in the synagogues. On account of me you will stand before governors and kings as witnesses to them. 10 And the gospel must first be preached to all nations. 11 Whenever you are arrested and brought to trial, do not worry beforehand about what to say. Just say whatever is given you at the time, for it is not you speaking, but the Holy Spirit.
Whatever is given us at the time is enough.
Sometimes speaking the truth will cause us trouble. John was beheaded at the request of Herodias. For some of us, that fear of reprisal keeps us from speaking. It shouldn’t, but it does. Jesus says the gospel must be preached, and that all we have to do is open our mouths, the Holy Spirit will speak for us, in other words, He will do the rest. We are instruments of the living God. Our heritage and inheritance is not an earthly one.
As the world loses more peace, and ungodly people come to power, we will be summoned to give an account of what we believe. Guard your hearts, and revere Christ, and believe that when you open your mouth, the Holy Spirit will speak through you and for you.
If you should experience that “valley of the shadow of death”, Jesus is with you. Keep your eyes fixed on the goal, and press toward it. I write these words to put this in my own heart too. No one wants to give up their life, but to live without Christ, would be to be dead anyway. To live is Christ, to die is gain!
PS: Just like Elijah, in the book of Kings, we sometimes feel like we are the only ones left who love God. We are not alone. I am amazed to see even on WordPress, the many people who are writing of their faith. What a blessing, what encouragement! Thank you! Keep writing!
Lord, I pray for Your presence as we see the world becoming more evil each day. I also see the faith that is growing in those of us who love You. That faith is shining ever brighter, like the full light of day, in the midst of this dark world. Encourage my brothers and sisters in the Lord. Help us to reflect Your love, and to be good ambassadors and disciples of Your forgiveness, love, and mercy. Thank You! In Jesus’s precious name. Amen.