but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect1 Peter 3:15
What an extraordinary life we have as believers in Jesus Christ the Lord! We find in 1 Peter 2:9 that we are a peculiar people, called out of darkness into God’s marvelous light. It’s no wonder that unsaved people are so uncomfortable around us.
Consider today’s text, 1 Peter 3:15. From this verse, we see that real hope, hope built with faith in God (Hebrews 11:1), lives in us. Our hope is not like the hopes we had before we received God’s gift of salvation (2 Peter 3:9, one of my favorite verses).
In our old life, our hopes had no merit. Our hopes deserved nothing, and they never would. They were empty thoughts contrived from what we wanted. Now we’re different; we’ve been transformed from death unto life. The hope that we have has substance; it is deeply rooted in the Rock, Jesus Christ.
Now we’re different
In our old life, our hopes had no merit. Our hopes deserved nothing and were worth nothing; they were empty thoughts contrived from what we wanted. Now we’re different; we’ve been transformed from death unto life. The hope that we have has substance; it is deeply rooted in the Rock, Jesus Christ.
There’s a state park near where I live. It has many hiking trails with varying degrees of difficulty. I’ve often hiked the paths that took me deep into the forest, down into old, narrow crags. In those crags, the trees are fascinating because they are old. Yet, you can see their roots firmly established into the sides of rocks. That’s a picture of the faith that is applied to build our hope.
Hope That Is in You
Our hope is a living hope (1 Peter 1:3-5), for God is living. Our hope is constrained; it only lives in God’s children. Our hope is not wishful thinking but hope that has God’s power behind it and imparts God’s peace into us. Our hope is genuine, not ginned-up emotions. Our hope brings God into needs.
So, the next time someone asks you, “What makes you think something good is going to happen?” make a compassionate, respectful defense of your life in Jesus and our living hope. It will bring joy to you and good news to your audience!
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