Scripture: 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 the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect…
Devotional: The gavel is struck; the courtroom comes to order. The judge instructs the attorney to call his first witness. The witness swears to tell “the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help me God.” And then the attorneys begin to question the witness concerning what he or she knows about the case being brought before the judge, in hopes that they may shed some light to the situation.
We are all somewhat familiar to this courtroom scene. But have you ever thought about how this courtroom witness parallels with the witness we are called to bear for the name of Jesus Christ? Too often we are intimidated by giving a verbal witness to the gospel of Jesus Christ. But the passage from 1 Peter gives us some insight into the simple nature of bearing witness, much like we would in a court of law. It is simply to share the reason for the hope we have.
To bear witness is to simply tell what you know. And if you have a relationship with Jesus Christ, you know something. For starters, you know the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. But you also can bear witness to how you came to know Him and how you have experienced Him. You may not have all the deep theological answers to questions that may arise, but you can simply share your experience. And no one can argue with that when you tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth so help you God. And He will.
- If someone were to ask you right now about the hope you have in Christ, what would you say to them?
- What does it mean to revere Christ as Lord in your heart? How might you grow in your reverence to His lordship in your life?