“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.
For it is better, if God should will it so, that you suffer for doing what is right rather than for doing what is wrong.
For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, so that He might bring us to God, having been put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit….”
1 Peter 3:13-18
Recently at school, I’ve had a project come up in one of my classes. This is one of those projects where the student is on his own…no help from the teacher, just textbooks and the search function! Students can help each other though…that’s where my little story springs from.
Basically, I have become an unofficial “tutor” to a fellow student. To make a long story short, (yeah right!), it has become a trying circumstance for me to some degree. I’m definitely a people person, but sometimes my personality can be taken advantage of! I guess this is a lesson in patience and perseverance for me!
But this story also has another twist to it!
The other night, I was talking with a friend over a milkshake. He reminded me that perhaps this student had been placed in my path for a specific reason. This whole situation is too perfect for it to be an accident…maybe I have missed the whole reason for this circumstance!
According to the passage mentioned above, I’m supposed to be ready at all times to give a defense of the faith that is in me! This student is an opportunity for me to share the good news of Jesus Christ!!
I am praying that an opportunity will come about for me to share the gospel with this classmate. I am a people person, but I’m not always bold enough to start a conversation. I know God will give me the strength and boldness to take the opportunity…
I hope that the rest of my time in school will not just be focused on what I will major in, but also in how I can reach other people with the gospel of Jesus Christ! The university is a great place these days to find lost sinners…if only I would take the time to open my mouth!