“You don’t actually believe in God, do you?”
“Why on earth would you read the Bible?”
“What reason would possibly make you want to go to church?”
Have you ever heard any of those questions? I’m guessing yes.
And unfortunately, many of you feel overwhelmed and unprepared to give a response when someone questions your faith.
But it doesn’t need to be that way.
In 1 Peter 3:15 (NIV) we read, “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.”
Take note of a few things.
First, “be prepared.” That means you need to think through a few things ahead of time.
Second, “give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reasons for the hope that you have.” That means you need to know the reason for the hope that is within you and be ready to share it.
So here’s what I think you should do. In a sentence, write down the REAL reason for the Christian hope that is in you. Not someone else’s reason, but the REAL reason to you.
For me, there are a tonne of reasons for my Christian hope. But the main one—ever since high school—has been that Jesus and his teachings offer the most hope for our world and for its future.
It feels natural for me to talk about because it’s true.
So what’s your reason? Think about it. Write it down. And prepared to respond graciously when someone questions you about your faith. Because they will. When you do, you’ll feel less overwhelmed and more prepared.
What is the reason for the hope that you have?
By Matthew Ruttan