The Answer is Jesus

What do you think of when you think of “witnessing?”  When you think about sharing your faith, what do you think?

Many (most) of us don’t like to think about it.  Our palms may start sweating.  Our heart may start beating faster.  We don’t want to do it.  Even if we really love Jesus.  Even if we know that folks need Him. Even if we want to tell others about Him, it still makes us nervous.

Yeah, I’m a preacher, and I understand!  So listen to what we are told today in 1 Peter 3: 14-16:

14 But even if you do suffer for doing what is right, you are blessed. Do not fear what they fear, and do not be intimidated, 15 but in your hearts sanctify Christ as Lord. Always be ready to make your defense to anyone who demands from you an accounting for the hope that is in you; 16 yet do it with gentleness and reverence.

jesus-christPeter gives us this word.  Always be ready to make a defense (other versions say give an answer) for your hope.

Why do you have hope in a bad situation?

Why do you forgive others when they don’t deserve it?

How do you find the strength to get off the mat when knocked down?

How can you love, serve, and give?

Why are you different?

The answer is Jesus.  Jesus is why.  He is why we have hope, peace, and show mercy.  He is why we can believe in the darkest hour. He is why our lives can be restored and bring restoration to others.

The answer is Jesus.

So, today, we witness.  But we don’t have to witness with our words.  Now hear me, I’m not saying we shouldn’t witness with our words.  If the Lord wants you to talk to someone or say something, do it!  What you say matters!  It really does.

But, our lives, they scream as loudly as words.  Today, may we live our that hope.  And may our hope be so alive, that folks want to know why we have it.

The answer is Jesus.

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