1 Peter 3:15 (NIV)
The Bible Says... “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”.
Just A Dash
I came across this scripture and it reminded me of my childhood friend Jazzmyne. Jazzmyne and I were next door neighbors, and we met each other the summer before third grade. She was wearing a t-shirt, black shorts, and these psychadelic swirl sandals that I thought were so cool! More importantly, she was wearing a smile. Jazzmyne’s smile is electric! Her smile lights up the room and then you’re blinded by her personality. She’s one of those people you can’t be angry around because she’s always so positive! In fact, I’ve never seen her not smiling. Whether you’re complimenting her smile, or her personality, or even the sandals she’s wearing, she always responds the same way: “Thanks! Glory to God!”
The very first time I heard her say “Thanks! Glory to God!”, and every time since then, it was such an effortless and natural reply. Her response isn’t a typical one, and certainly isn’t one that’s popular or common in casual conversation. However, Jazzmyne has never shied away from an opportunity to give God praise and show her gratitude for His goodness. She’s proud to acknowledge God working in her life.
Some people may think her “Thanks, Glory to God” is out of place or unnecessary, because it “goes without saying”. But, I’ve learned from Jazzmyne’s example that showing gratitude for God’s goodness does not simply “go without saying”. Our gratitude should absolutely be expressed.
A Pinch More
In 1 Peter 3:15, Peter encourages us to always be prepared to tell others the reason we have hope, and that reason is because Jesus Christ is our Lord! He is the source of our hope, our joy, our peace, and our blessings! We should never be ashamed to tell others why we’re so happy, why we look and feel so good, or why we have such joy and peace in spite of everything going on around us. Just like Jazzmyne proudly gives God the glory and acknowledges Christ as the source of her peace, joy, and happiness, we must take advantage of every opportunity to tell others about the source of our hope! God is counting on our testimony to bring souls to Christ.
It’s easy to acknowledge God’s goodness in a spiritual context, like when someone at church asks you how are you and you reply “blessed” or when you’re telling a friend about something you’ve prayed for and you say “God is so good”. But what about when others see the fruit of God’s hand on your life. When people compliment your fruits, tell them about your roots! Be intentional about acknowledging Christ as the source of your hope anytime someone asks you.
Q: When was the last time you missed an opportunity to acknowledge Christ as the reason for your hope?
Q: How will you publicly show your gratitude to God today?
1 Peter 1:6-7
1 Peter 2:11-25
1 Peter 3:8-22 (Focus in on verses 13-18)