READ : 1 Peter 3:13-22
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. (v. 15b niv)
A teacher at the public school where I volunteer invited me to talk about my disability with her second and third graders. After my presentation, she encouraged their questions. “What’s your favorite month?” one asked. “December,” I answered. “What’s your favorite holiday?” inquired another. “Christmas,” I replied. Knowing I am a Christian, the teacher announced, “Tell them why it’s your favorite holiday and I bet it’s not the presents.” She opened the door so I could tell them that Christmas is my favorite holiday because it’s Jesus’ birthday.
This unexpected opportunity reminds me of Peter’s teaching to always be prepared to talk about the Lord. He is not saying that we should obnoxiously beat others over the head with our convictions. Rather, we should be on the lookout for occasions to respectfully talk about the hope we find in Christ. Christmas is often a time when people are more willing to listen. The opportunity might come at the mall, during an office party, or at a neighbor’s house over eggnog. Whenever or wherever the opportunity comes, are you ready to share why Christmas is so meaningful to you?
Lord, help me be prepared to talk about you anywhere I go.