1 Peter 3:15 “But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give a reason for the hope you have. But do this with gentleness and respect”
Be careful with your tongue if your heart does not back up your words. Keep your heart for Jesus as your savior. If you speak of Jesus as your savior and you are questioned why and you have empty words then your heart was empty of truth. The truth will build the house that we as believers live in. The more truth we have the more defense we have against the people who question our God. Do not defend with anger but attack with hope and love. If we stand firm in our faith with Christ as our lord we can spread the truth of his word and show why we as believers give glory to our God in all that we do and encounter.
If our actions are Christ driven then too will our words be. If we have faith in the truth then those who seek the truth will look to us for answers. We as children of God can give the answers to this questions in the form of Christ, if we are filled with the spirit so too are we filled with the faith and hope. The stronger they see our faith is the more revealing is the truth. As followers of Jesus we must know WHY we are followers, and this why is so important. Our faith must be strong in the why, so strong that if we were going to be prosecuted if we said we were followers that we were the first one to stand up and say I BELIEVE! It sounds crazy right to give your life for your belief,how ordinary and weak does that make us look in the comparison of our unequalled God sending his son to die for us knowing that we would not even BELIEVE in him, yet his faith in us never changed or weakened. A strong faith doesn’t happen over night, but we must work on it daily and prepare ourselves for that day that we are asked WHY? If we live with God instead of for God then in all of life’s questions we can answer with Him instead of for Him! Use your community as a mountain top to stand on and say I believe and as the truth comes out of you and your faith is revealed the answers to their questions are too.
As you get questioned by non believers do not look at them as stupid but look at them as weak as once you and I all were weak. Respect their opinion but show them that where we lack as people, God is there. When we are weak God gives us strength and if we drink from the well of Christ then we will never be thirsty! When God filled us with his spirit he filled us with the truth and it is our duty as children of God to spread the truth throughout the world.
I pray to you Lord that you give us courage to follow you at any cost and when questioned about our faith may we speak the truth that you are. Amen!