verses 15-16: 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, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.
These words are deceptively simple. “Always be prepared to give an answer...” What is my answer? Do I wait to be asked or do I offer my reason when the Spirit moves me to do so? This is something I am not at all comfortable doing. I know I worry way too much about what the repercussions will be from this type of sharing. I am too afraid of the opinions of others and not afraid enough of God’s clear instruction being ignored. I would never deny my belief in God and my hope for eternal life with Him. But do I share this belief when I have the opportunity?
Holy Lord, you know the depth of my love for you, and my desire to follow you. Help me to do more, to be more. Make me bold, Lord. Amen