Always Be Ready

...But in your hearts revere 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...

1 Peter 3:15 NIV

Part of my preparedness to share the reason for the hope that I have in Christ includes always having my Bible, chart paper, permanent markers and masking tape and/or pieces of chalk in the bag that I carry around. I call them my tools. When I bring out my purse at teens church the kids know it's not money that I am taking out but a piece of chalk to write with. The reason for this is that I find it easier to share the good news of the gospel and explain the importance of discipleship in the life of a believer. (Find videos explaining how to illustrate the gospel using  John 3:16 here and here.)I do this knowing full well that my listeners will probably end up at some point in a congregation where a mixed message will be presented without a clear understanding of the distinction between the distinct messages on salvation and discipleship coursing throughout the whole Bible.

Will we always be asked to share our hope?

Recently I found myself in unfamiliar territory. My mom had invited about ten friends from her heydays before she became a believer for a reunion. In my mind, I kept having this back and forth conversation with myself that I would only share the gospel if I was asked to.

I have been to several of my friends' homes and I am always given a chance to share the gospel and I normally whip out ‘my tools’ and get straight to work.

This time around the Holy Spirit quickened it to my heart that I would, have to ask for the opportunity to share this hope as it wasn't going to just fall on my lap so to speak. Upon asking my mom, she promised to ask the leader of the group if they would allow me to share and permission was granted.  Being my mom's house, you would be forgiven for thinking that I would not need to ask, after all, I belong there more than the guests do. However, Peter encouraged us that as we share the hope that we have in Christ, we need to do it with gentleness and respect. It was beautiful getting to share a clear gospel message and explain the essence of discipleship to these dear ladies who were above 60 years of age.

The best thing about putting up a visual is that wherever I go, I get asked by the host to leave it on the wall. It continues to speak volumes long after I have left. I once had a 70-year-old lady ask me to leave it on her wall so that she could use it to explain to her guests about salvation and discipleship. One of those guests, I later learned from her daughter-in-law was her pastor.

At my mother's place, it has been no exception and though my handwriting is far from beautiful, the message of the cross is enduringly beautiful.

In season and out of season, I love to share the reason for my hope. Two things propel me.

  1. There are two kinds of people in the world, believers and unbelievers. (John 3:16-18) Jesus is concerned about both. The believers have His assurance that they have eternal life and have passed from death to life. (John 5:24) The unbelievers will face eternal condemnation if we (believers) don't step out in obedience and share the good news of the gospel with them.
  2. "...as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!" (Romans 10:15) Think about it ladies, sharing the Gospel is the mother of all pedicures and the secret to beautiful feet that will earn you eternal rewards at the Bema (the judgment seat of Christ). How wonderful is this!

There are countless reasons to propel us to share the best news ever (John 3:16). I hope my reasons will be an encouragement to you. What is your reason? Please share in the comments section to encourage other believers.

Now What?

3 comments on “Always Be Ready”

  1. I loved the way you shared your passion for Christ by being ready with your "tools~!!!" Makes me want to think about having "tools" always available and ready to use, too. Loved your post, and loved the link you gave to John 3:16 drawing~!!! I already shared that link with my 9 year old granddaughter who copied what he did~!!! 🙂

  2. Catherine, I've watched you share the good news with so many people over the years and it has helped me to have more of an awareness of the need to share. It's easy to get distracted in our day to day activities and forget to share the most important news that we have, the news of life in Christ. I love you dear sister and your heart to always be ready to share that anyone can have eternal life by believing in Jesus for it. Thank you for your boldness! It has been an example to Josh and I.

  3. I have been thinking about this since I first read it. What motivates me to acknowledge God in all my ways and to share the gospel is the impact it had on my life as well as in the lives of those I’ve had the privilege of sharing it with. I have seen a few strong believers shift from insecurity and shame regarding not feeling quite good enough, over to a quiet sense of relief and awe upon realization that His sacrifice was good enough ... good enough to save us the moment that we believe, despite our remaining sin issues. That knowledge sets people free from the weight of sin and imperfection allowing them to rise up and even serve Him, in the midst of their imperfections. I just love that!!

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