When is the last time someone came up to you and asked you why you believe what you believe? Or, perhaps they didn’t ask that specific question, but they indicated to you that they saw something in you that caused them to be curious? In our day and age there are many who have no hope or purpose. When unbelievers see Christians walking by faith, loving one another, serving others and sacrificially living life with joy, there are questions raised that as believers we have a great opportunity to share Jesus.
With the resurrection celebration upon us, are we ready to give an account for the hope that is within us? Are we living our lives in such a way that the Love of Christ is being revealed through us? I love what Peter shares in 1 Peter 3:15 – "but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence."
Jesus Christ is Lord! Amen! As believers this ought to change the way we live. We should be following Him with all our strength. We ought to be laying down our lives as we yield to Christ. We should be overflowing with the life of Christ in and through us. To paraphrase what Paul states in Ephesians 4.8 - We are Light because the Lord Jesus Christ is in us. Therefore, we should be walking as children of light!
God’s light, His truth and His love, should be brilliantly shining through our lives. Our attitudes, actions, motives and all that we are and do should be like an incredible lamp shining in the darkness. People all around should see the Light of the Glory of Christ shining in and through us. As a result, there will be those who will come and ask in one way or another, “what is this hope that you have?” Let’s be ready to share with them the wonderful, good news of Jesus Christ: the Gospel of Grace.
I love what Paul states in Romans 2.4 about God. He writes - "Or do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness and tolerance and patience, not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance?"
What an amazing truth this is. God’s kindness is what leads people to repentance. The word kindness simply means usefulness or goodness. Kindness in action is useful and or good. Kindness means that there is nothing that would be ‘abrasive’ or not ‘beneficial’. God is making Himself available in such a way that He is useful to those in need. Who are those in need? The lost! Sinners! Those in need of salvation. All of us at some point have been in need and it is God’s kindness that leads us to repentance. He is the One who makes Himself available to us by having sent His Son to the cross to pay our debt. What a great truth this is. God’s wrath and or His judgment is beyond our calculation. However, His kindness is what Paul states is what leads us to repent. How are we being used by the Lord to reveal His kindness to those around us who do not know Him and who have no hope? How are we ready to give an account sharing with the lost the good news of Jesus Christ? How is God’s kindness being revealed through us? Are we walking as children of Light?
My prayer is that each of us would grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord. In so doing that we would live our lives in such a way that the light of the glory of Christ would be revealed through us leading those who have no hope to realize that there is a God who cares, a God who saves. We must be ready as we walk by faith with the Lord in His grace, to share the good news. What is that good news? Simply put, that Jesus Christ came to this earth, went to the cross giving His life to pay for our sin, and was raised from the dead on the third day because He is God. By believing in Him, we can receive His free gift of salvation, eternal life! Let’s be ready to tell everyone this Easter the good news that Jesus saves! ☘️