We naturally have a tendency to become anxious about what to say before others when suddenly confronted with a demand to explain our faith. Peter helps us with this; “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 respect” (1 Peter 3:15).
The truth is that most of us feel very unprepared for an on-the-spot testimony. There are two things that contribute to this condition. 1) We are weak in living out our faith on a daily basis. 2) We have not consistently learned to rely on the Holy Spirit for what to say, especially for moments like this.
Jesus helps us to have the correct mindset when we are called upon to be a witness before any in this world, we must not rely on ourselves which brings anxiety, but on the Holy Spirit who “will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say” (Lk. 12:12).
Think for a moment of the immense value of having a divine person always at your disposal to give on-the-spot teaching so we are able to give the kind of response that will both be a powerful witness and rightly represent the Lord Jesus. Let us learn to rely on this resource consistently so when the need arises, we will be “prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks” of our hope.
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