The Answer

August 2, 2020 in Uncategorized | Comments (0)

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A Journal of Joy: Things that make my heart smile…

The Bible says to always be ready to give an answer to those who ask for the hope that is within us (1 Peter 3:15). Some preachers use this verse to encourage us to study our Bibles so we’ll know what we are talking about if asked a question. Others think it means we need to be leading people to Christ. Both concepts have merit.

However, no matter how much I read my Bible I still feel ill-equipped to answer technical Biblical questions. Plus, I can’t always remember where certain passages are found, which can definitely give someone the impression I don’t know what I’m talking about.

Also, I’m not sure that it is our job to actually lead people to Christ. Jesus said no one can come to Him unless He draws them to Him (John 6:44). Some feel they must force Jesus on people all the time, whether they are interested or not. I don’t think that’s wise. However, I don’t want to hinder the process of conversion by not being willing to give an answer for the hope that lies within me. 

The intent of this passage is that when others see Christians go through trials they are amazed at how well they handle what life throws at them. The reason for this is hope. Christian hope has a positive, encouraging energy that others can’t quite understand. This hope is attractive to a hurting world. This hope gives a peace that passes understanding even in the worst situations (Philippians 4:7). It’s natural that others would be curious about where that comes from and ask questions.

What might some ask? Maybe they would notice we aren’t reacting the way they think we should and ask, “How can you remain calm in all this turmoil?” This opens the door for us to tell them our relationship with Jesus helps us weather life’s storms. If they want to ask us more about that, they will. We won’t need to force it or give them a crash course in salvation.

Some might ask, “Where is your God while you are going through this?” We can share the times God has delivered us. Then we might recount the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego being thrown into the fiery furnace. They knew God could deliver them but said, “We know our God is able to deliver us from this situation, but even if He chooses not to, we will still trust Him” (Daniel 3:17).

We can share our convictions of knowing we have assured promises that come through our relationship with God and that what we experience on earth is only temporary. Trials can’t be compared to what lies ahead or Who lives in us (Romans 8:18). Jesus lives in us! 

When people have questions, Jesus is the answer and I shouldn’t be afraid to share personal examples of my life to show this if someone asks. Is someone sick? Jesus is the healer and great physician. Is someone seeking knowledge? Jesus is the great teacher. Is someone weary? Jesus gives us rest and comfort. Is someone worried? Jesus gives us peace. Does someone think nobody cares? I care and more importantly, Jesus cares. Does someone feel like a loser? The world may think we are losers but Jesus does not. His life in ours makes us winners regardless of circumstances.  

It gives me great joy to realize I don’t have to convert people or lead them to Christ. When someone asks me a question about Christianity all I need to do is pray about it, be available, and gently point them to Jesus.

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Thank You, Lord, for not putting the burden of converting the world on my shoulders, but when I am asked anything about You please put Your words in my mouth. My desire is to be a help to the process You set in motion, not a hindrance. I once heard that people become Christians because they’ve known a Christian, but others do not become Christians because of Christians they’ve known. Let me be a reflection of You to all I meet.  


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