What’s your plan?
But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear; 1 Peter 3:15
Do you have a plan? A plan to share your testimony? What about a plan to give a defense? This verse in 1 Peter says to always be ready to give a defense for your hope in Christ Jesus. Then it goes on to say that this defense is not an angry or defiant defense but one of meekness and respect. However, the verse starts out by saying the first thing you need to do is sanctify or set apart a special place in your heart for God . . . the first place! This is always your starting point. Giving God your first and best!
So what about a plan? What if you had a plan in place to give an answer every time the subject of salvation or even God, for that matter, comes up. Instead of avoiding or stuttering your way through the conversation, have a straight up, practiced plan of what to say. Not a script, but something from your heart. I have a couple I like to use. One is a retirement plan idea. The conversation of retirement comes up quite a bit. Even young people consider their financial future to secure it. This topic gives the opportunity to ask the question: “That’s a good plan for your retirement for this life, but what is your plan after this life?” Or what is your “expirement” plan? You know the plan after you expire? What about when someone ask you why you believe? Or how can you live for God in such an ungodly world? It’s not about being a religious person, it’s about being a disciple. My real “go to” in such cases is the love of God! He loved me, even before I knew about Him. He loved me while I was still a sinner. He is good and wants good for me and helps me get through everything life dishes out. The real reason anyone would debate your loyalty to God is because they just don’t know who He is or even what He is . . . love!
Ultimately our desired result is what Jesus told us in the sermon on the mount: Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. (Matt. 5:16) Our greatest defense and testimony is our doing good to and for others. This passage in Peter starts out in verse 13 saying: you are less likely to be harassed when you are doing good things and living a good life. And when you do suffer, it is a blessing because you know you have done the right thing.
Today I want to encourage you to put together a plan. A plan of action and words to display the love of God to those around you. That anyone who comes into contact with you will see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. Even if they don’t, you can expect the blessings of God to flow in your life because you have made the decision to do good no matter what the consequences are!
Today’s scripture reading: 1 Peter 3:13-17