September 12
Rev. Stuart Fowler
1 Peter 3:15

“always be prepared to make a defense to anyone” 1 Peter 3:15

When the Lord Jesus brings us to saving faith, we soon find out that he expects us to
share this wonderful grace with others who do not yet know him. We Christians are to
“always be prepared to make a defense to anyone” (1 Peter 3:15).

Why do the majority of Christians struggle with following through with this obvious
command and duty? Very often, “small things” get in the way. “Small things” like fear of
man; what others might think or say or do if we attempt to evangelize them. In reality,
our fear is often no “small thing.” It often is too big for us in our hearts and stifles our
witnessing.

What is the solution? Our hearts must be filled daily with a holy reverence and awe for
God Almighty, for what he has done for us by “calling us out of darkness into his
marvelous light” (1 Peter 2:9b), and for his marvelous loving grace that will carry us
victoriously through this life and into eternity with him. Be very intentional every day
about growing in your personal walk with Jesus. “Abide in him and you will bear much
fruit.” (John 15:5) In doing so you will be “sanctifying the Lord God in your hearts”
rather than being “afraid of their threats or troubled” (1 Peter 3:14-15).

The result? Fear will become a “small thing,” rather than faith. Your faith in the Lord will
drown out your fears; the result being you sharing the gospel with others.

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