1 Peter 3:15
"But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make
a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet
do it with gentleness and respect, "
Do you feel like the only odd ball out there opening your big mouth when you feel the need to share your faith? After all, you know God has blessed your life exceedingly well, and it is your duty to share those blessings. I know it’s hard to mentally gain the gumption to share all that God has offered you on these days. After all, there are predispositions set up as barriers when we are prompted to do so. We don’t want to be one of those “overwhelming” Christians who shove religious innuendoes down our brother’s throats. We’ve had such done to us, and we close our doors prohibiting a difference in opinion when it comes to our faith. Or, maybe we feel childlike, unable to mask our uncertainty with true Bible literature that is often at the right hand of those who are better versed than us. More importantly, we may feel dumbfounded, and downright uneasy, wondering what our friends may think of us once we start spouting such information.
The fact is God prompts us. Often, he prompts us daily to share with someone what he has done for us. These are teachable moments that bring the gift of joy to others we encounter each day. Sometimes he prompts us with wisdom to share with these beings in need. Other times, he just wants us to share all the blessings he’s given us so that we instill hope on this individual. And, sadly, we don’t know when that someone is in his most dire need, but God does. He uses us as instruments to bring his hope and light on life's most darkest days. The beauty is we don’t have to be Biblical scholars to do so. The fact is no one needs Biblical doctrine to substantiate a well intended word. In fact, it is our inner emotions and exuberance that touches those that need it most. Just the sheer knowledge that God is still working in our own life is worth noting and brings hope to listening ears.
God wants us to share with others always as stated in Peter’s message. The verse tells us to share our own personal hope with gentleness and respect. At this point don’t question those inner prompts any longer. It is God gently touching you; invoking you to touch another. Let God lead you to whoever is in need of hearing his good word. We are all missionaries of God’s grace sending forth our own blessings to others who are in need. Whatever way you attempt to comfort others in God’s love, just do it. Share your faith and ask for God’s guidance in the correct way to make an impression. He will do as promised. Most importantly, never quash those feelings to touch others. To do so means you could be letting go of a much needed intervention. An intervention that God is asking for your help. How can you say no? Look what he has blessed you with!
1. Make a commitment today to share your faith when prompted from this day forward.
2. Never be embarrassed to share your faith. This faith brings you blessings each day. Share those with others.
3. Be open to inner prompts when God asks you to help another.