Commitment seems to be something that scares people in our day and age. They seem afraid to step out and say they will be there at a certain time, place or with you in a project. Are there so many choices in our lives that people cannot decide? Have they had experiences where they felt trapped by agreements they’ve made? Whatever the root of their fears, to love and serve Jesus we have to go beyond them, step above or over them and persevere. 1 Peter 3:15 appears in a portion of scripture where Peter is encouraging believers to persevere in their faith and not to fear doing good. He tells believers to hold fast to their faith in Christ regardless of where they find themselves. “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,” In addition to honoring Christ as Lord, we need to be able and willing to tell others about what Christ has done for us. The hope we have in living, the hope we have in eternity, the hope we have in being forgiven and cleansed, and the hope we have in His always being with us. We need to be prepared to tell others about Jesus. Being committed to Jesus with your heart demands that we are ready to speak about Him. This is not to be an argumentative discourse but words that speak of the Hope we have in Jesus with gentleness and respect that come from a heart of love and commitment to Jesus.
I love this verse in 1 Peter because it holds me accountable and tells me where my commitment needs to be. God wants us committed to Him, loving and acting in our world with words of Hope for unbelievers and words of encouragement in that Hope for fellow believers. Who will you tell today about the HOPE you have in Jesus?
May the Lord bring people to cross your path today that are in need of those words of hope and encouragement.