The pastor on Sunday briefly mentioned 1 Peter 3:15 in his sermon. He focused specifically on verse 15 which says at the end. ‘always be[ing] prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you’. I was able to sit in church and know that I have an answer for my hope-I can honestly tell people why I am different.
I love that.
In this time of sharing my plans for the summer, I’m going to be (and have been) asked why I would waste spend my time and energy in South Africa. I have the opportunity to tell them about how God is using Thrive Africa to impact a nation. I get to explain why I have hope for South Africa, for the AIDS pandemic, and for developing leaders in the church. My answer is prepared. I finally have the courage to confidently speak truth to those I encounter about the active role my Father is playing on this Earth.
And I couldn’t be more excited.
Yes it’s a risk, but it’s a chance to embrace the illogical. A chance to step out in faith and impact those around me with the hope of Christ.
As 1 Peter 3 continues, I am encouraged by the comfort and promises given to those who are slandered for doing good. And with the reactions I’ve been getting, I am clinging to the promise that Christ is with me in all I do- illogical or not.