1 Peter 3:15
“sanctify the Lord Christ in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to
everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you…”
Evangelism can be a daunting task, especially in starting conversations with people.
Unlike the Lord Jesus in Luke 18, or Paul in Acts 17, people rarely come up and ask,
“What can I do to be saved?” or offer you the floor to present your “new doctrine.” Yet,
you are called to “sanctify the Lord Christ in your hearts, and always be ready to give a
defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you…” (1 Peter 3:15
NKJV) While the context of these words is enduring suffering for Christ’s sake, an
application of them is evangelism. Every day you need to be ready for evangelism, and
here are two keys for this.
The first is “sanctify the Lord Christ in your heart.” Each day, you are to consecrate
Christ as Lord of your life. He is directing your steps into each day, for the good you will
do, suffering you will endure, and the people you will meet; so, consecrate yourself to
his lordship. This needs to be a daily task, a purposeful action each morning.
The second is “always be ready to give a defense to everyone…for the hope that is in
you.” It is the soul resting in the hope of eternal life, that is most prepared to speak of
the gospel. Hope brings a countenance and comfort to your life that is noticeable,
especially when hardship arises. Can you articulate the gospel hope? Does hope reflect
itself in your daily life? It is interesting that the testimony of the early church, when it was
being dispersed because of heavy persecution, “went everywhere preaching the word.”
Giving thanks to the Lord, acknowledging Christ in conversation, and speaking God’s
Word are not daunting when Christ is consecrated, and hope is alive in the heart.