Give an Answer

1 Peter 3:14-17 (New International Version)

14But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear what they fear[a]; do not be frightened.”[b] 15But in your hearts set apart 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, 16keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander. 17It is better, if it is God’s will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil.

I was reminded of this verse this morning when we were talking about sticking out, and it happens to be my favorite set of verses in the Bible. While I think it’s easy to glance at it and see the blatant challenge to embrace suffering, there’s so much more there. How often are we wondering how to stick out, what to do to be different in culture, and contemplating ministry, while living sheepishly in the “normal” things that make us different. My favorite part is the simple command to be ready to give an answer when people ask us why we’re different, with the qualification of keeping gentleness and respect. This verse is really a very concise philosophy of ministry that anyone can understand. I don’t think it’s inherently a pragmatic, philosophical, or moral focus, but just simply God asking us bearing witness when we’re in a situation where people are interested and willing to talk.


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