There it was. So subtle I almost missed it as we read this passage this morning in Crossroads Bible Class. .
But 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.
(1 Peter 3:15)
Two main things I notice about hope from this passage:
1. When we set apart Christ as Lord in our hearts, our hearts HAVE hope. It’s not like we’re searching for it, it’s not as if we’ll get hope “one day.” We HAVE hope. And the object, or rather Person, of our hope never shifts. He is solid and so our hope doesn’t waver.
2. I also think back to day 1 and the lesson I learned that “WE NEED HOPE.” Each and every one of us NEEDS hope. So when people find themselves HOPELESS, they will be on search trying to fill that need. As a Christian who possesses hope already, I must be prepared to SHARE my hope if anyone, and to everyone who asks me the reason for my hope. And remember… we do this with gentleness and respect!
So, what’s your reason for hope? Are you ready to share this great hope we have?!?