“Who is there to harm you if you prove zealous for what is good? But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. AND DO NOT FEAR THEIR INTIMIDATION, AND DO NOT BE TROUBLED, 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; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.“
1 Peter 3:13-16
Ever feel like you’re all alone in your faith? When you go to work or school, do you feel like everybody around you is a pagan, God-hating, “Truth-is-relative” person?
Well, I have to admit that I go around too often with that mindset. It is right to have the mindset of always being prepared to give a defense of the faith that is in you. But there are other believers out there!
Yesterday, my brother and I had the opportunity to talk to a fellow classmate before our class started. God’s providence was at work…He allowed us to have this conversation. We were early for our last class because we had just finished a test in our previous class.
We started talking about majors and “school stuff.” Somehow the conversation turned toward spiritual things. He asked about what we believed. Jonathan explained to him how Christianity has become such a generic term, but our Christian belief was truly in Christ for salvation. We are saved, not by our works, but by God’s grace alone, through His Son, Jesus Christ alone!
The conversation later proved that this man had the same belief about salvation. He also proceeded to talk about several different doctrinal issues. He also holds similar doctrinal beliefs and attends a church that seems to support the same views.
God is so good to His children. Out of nowhere, He provides an opportunity for us to share His love with others!
The amazing thing about this situation is that it opened up another door to share the gospel with another classmate, who later joined our table! (Henceforth, this classmate will be known as “The Recorder Guy”…he voice records the lecture with his computer….) He heard most of our conversation, so maybe a seed was planted. He goes to a church (don’t know where yet) and has heard about Christ before, but I’m not sure whether he is saved or not. Please pray for The Recorder Guy, that he may see the light of the gospel and believe in Christ alone for the forgiveness of his sins! I will keep you posted of any news I have about him as the semester progresses.
What a great reminder to always be ready to make a defense of the hope that is in you!!
What is the second greatest commandment?
“YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.“
Remember to be that ambassador for Christ, wherever you go. (2 Corinthians 5:20)
“Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.“