"Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have." 1 Peter 1:15
This verse kept coming to mind this morning. (As I brushed my teeth diligently!)
I tend to guess that most people think that what will speak to others around them about their faith in Christ is their morality. And while I think the way we choose to live certainly does speak to what we value most, God tells us here that it's our hope that will cause people to look at us and wonder what's different about us. It's our hope that will open an otherwise closed door to talk about Christ.
So I have to ask myself, "How is my hope speaking to the world around me?
Do I look so different because of my hope that people ask a question about it?
Or do I blend in with the rest of the world with it's complaining, hopelessness and cynicism and because of it actually camouflage the effect Jesus has had on my reality?
I'm glad His Spirit brought it to mind. He disciplines those He loves...