1 Peter 3:15 NIV
“But in your hearts revere (honor) Christ as Lord (Master). 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.”
Last week, as part of the Sunday morning talk at RESTōR church, I spoke about the significance of our faith story and our ability to articulate it. I love that this directive in 1 Peter to “always be prepared” is accompanied with the clarity of gentleness and respect.
Gentleness and respect are helpful when communicating but fuzziness, religion’ese, superiority and long-windedness, not so much. Because, when a person is open to hearing your faith story, all that he or she really wants to know is what you were like before you met Christ; how you came to know Christ; and what you’ve been like after submitting your life to him.
100 word challenge:
To help us, I challenged everyone to work on condensing their story to 100 words then send it to firstname.lastname@example.org for feedback.
To get you started, here is my own before and after in 100 words –
At 18 I was confused, fearful and conflicted about the direction of my life. I knew about Jesus but didn’t really know him. I longed for belonging and acceptance and placed my identity in careless living, risky relationships and substance abuse. A trusted friend invited me to join her at a Bible study led by some young leaders. Eventually, I reluctantly accepted the invitation which became a defining experience. Over time I trusted Jesus to take care of my future. That was what I was most fearful about, my future. Immediate and eternal. Jesus gave me peace about my future.
That’s the straight scoop – no elaboration…the questions will come and when they do you’ll be prepared to answer them with patience and grace. Always with an eye and ear to the nudge of the Spirit, then stepping boldly into places you’ve only dreamed of.
Ok, don’t delay, in 100 words what is your before and after?