What A Man Says
As we read the verse for today I believe one of the first questions that it may generate is this, am I always prepared to answer everyone about who Christ is? And that is certainly a very real and serious question to think about. But for today, I believe the question I want us to struggle with a little different. Notice the way this is worded and what it is implying. We are to always be prepared. Prepared for what? To give an answer to everyone who asks. What are they asking us about? They are asking us about the hope that we have. Why would they be asking us about the hope that we have? Because they have seen us living our lives, and they see something different. They see a hope in your life that is not seen in their own life and they want to know how it is possible that you have this.
So with all of that being said, here is the deeper question I want us to struggle with today… Do people see the hope that is talked about here demonstrated in your life? When you examine your own life you should also see something different. You should see the fruit of the Spirit being produced. When these fruits are being produced in your life, you will be demonstrating a life of faith, hope, and love to the people that are around you. They will see an example of Christ and no matter where they are at in life or what they are dealing with, they will take notice. At some point you are going to be asked the question by someone, “how is it is possible that you can still have hope even when things are so bad?” That is the point in time that you can then tell them how it is possible to have hope, because you have Jesus as your Lord and Savior.
Of course, if your life is not producing any of the fruits of the Spirit and you do no demonstrate faith, hope, and love, then no one is going to have any reason to ask you about the hope that they see in your life. When they look at you, they will not see anything different then what they see when they look out at the world. So it comes back around to the same question again, do people see the hope of Jesus Christ being demonstrated in your life? If people cannot see that then you do not need to worry about being able to give an answer for it, because they are not going to see anything in your life which will cause them to want to ask you. If you examine your life and see that you do not have this hope that is being talked about, then today is the day. Do not let this day pass you by. Ask Jesus to come to you and to show you the hope that can only be found in Him. He will respond and your life will never be the same!