November 26, 2011

A Ready Testimony

1 Peter 3:8-22

Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.
1 Peter 3:15


One of life’s hard-learned lessons is the importance of preparation. Whether it is for a test at school, training for athletic activities, readying for a job interview, or sharing the good news of life in Jesus Christ—preparation is huge.

Preparation for engaging in Jesus’ daily mission begins with Peter’s wise counsel: “In your hearts revere Christ as Lord.” Our effectiveness depends on a deep and intimate relationship with Jesus. We must be fully devoted followers of Jesus.

In the surrounding context of this verse, Peter emphasizes godly living. He calls us to “be compassionate and humble,” “do good; seek peace and pursue it,” and keep “a clear conscience.” Practicing godly behavior each day is part of the preparation that will yield fruitful opportunities to share the good news with others.

Peter reveals the key to evangelism. When Jesus is at the center of our lives, others will see a difference. They will see a joy and hopefulness about life and may eventually ask why. If we are prepared, we can give the reason for our hope and joy.

Prayerfully surrender to the Lord. As you put Jesus first in your life, pray that you will be sensitive, prepared by his Spirit to “get it” when someone asks you that key question. Be prepared to give the reason for your faith, hope, and joy.

Lord, may I be a living testimony to your goodness and grace. By your Spirit, prepare me to hear and answer people’s key questions about faith. Amen.

About the author — Allen & Lynn Likkel

Revs. Allen and Lynn Likkel have worked in communities across North America for many years—planting churches, nurturing them along, and developing new church leaders. A minister in the Christian Reformed Church, Allen served with Christian Reformed Home Missions for nearly 40 years, and Lynn, also ordained as a minister of the Word, has served to build leaders and new congregations. In November 2010, Allen entered retirement, and the Likkels moved to Washington, their native state. They have four adult children.

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