1 Peter 3:15 - Sharing Jesus.

1 Peter 3:15: Sharing Jesus.

1 Peter 3:15 (KJV) But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and 
be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a 
reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear: 

1 Peter 3:15 (NIV) But in your hearts set apart 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, 

1 Peter 3:15 (EAV) But in your hearts set Christ apart as holy 
[and acknowledge Him] as Lord.  Always be ready to give a logical 
defense to any one who asks you to account for the hope that is in you, 
but do it courteously and respectfully. 

1 Peter 3:15 (CWR) Continue to give the Lord Jesus Christ the 
most honored place in your life. Then you'll be ready to give an 
answer to people when they ask about this hope bubbling up inside of 
you. Don't be afraid to tell them who gives you this hope, but do so 
with gentleness and respect.  


   We Christians shouldn't smirk at the misery of our 
contemporary culture or the frantic grabbing for diversions, attention, or 
pleasure. This is no time for smug self-righteousness. This is no time to 
get cranky that our country has been hijacked by this or that 
political movement. This is a season, perhaps like none other, to truly 
influence our nation, to showcase the love of Jesus through specific, 
practical acts of kindness. Others may whine and gripe about the world 
"going to hell in a handbasket," but, honestly; we know better. We know 
that good will ultimately triumph. So let's show what this ultimate 
good will look like by rolling up our sleeves and helping neighbors, 
feeding the hungry, and surprising people with courtesy and care in 
Jesus' name. If you find yourself overly discouraged or pessimistic 
about today's culture, then find a way to start serving that culture 
in ways that point to the love of Christ. 
   Lord, I admit it. I can get caught up in politics and 
negative talk about this culture and generation. Help me to remember You 
have put me in this place and time for a reason - and it isn't to 
complain or despair. Please open doors for me today to direct Your love 
to those who cross my path. [A Spectacle of Glory by Joni Eareckson 
Tada and Larry Libby] 


Some Christians believe that faith is a personal matter that 
should be kept to oneself. It is true that we shouldn't be boisterous 
or obnoxious in sharing our faith, but we should always be ready to 
give an answer, gently and respectfully, when asked about our faith, 
our life-style, or our Christian perspective. Can others see your 
hope in Christ? Are you prepared to tell them what Christ has done in 
your life? [Life Application SB] 

   For the New Testament Christians, witness was not a sales 
   They simply shared, each in his own way, what they had 
received.  Theirs was not a formally prepared, carefully worked-out 
presentation with a gimmick to manipulate conversation, and a "closer" for an 
on-the-spot-decision ... but the spontaneous, irrepressible, effervescent enthusiasm 
of those who had met the most fascinating Person who ever lived. 
   The gospel is not theology.  It's a Person.  Theology doesn't 
save.  Jesus Christ saves.  The first-century disciples were totally 
involved with a Person.  They were followers of Jesus.  They were 
learners of Jesus.  They were committed to Jesus.  They were filled with 
   They had encountered Jesus Christ and it simply could not be 
concealed.  They witnessed not because they had to, but because they could 
not help it. 
   Their school of witnessing was the school of the Spirit where 
they learned continuously.  Authentic Christian witness is born of 
the Spirit. Richard Halverson [Time with God SB] 

   It is vital to share Christ with others: experience and 
expression are the alternate beats of the Christian heart. And if these two 
things are not in operation, the Christian heart ceases to beat. Then 
what happens? We settle down to dead forms, dead attitudes, and dead 
   This matter of sharing, however, must not be limited only to 
evangelism. It applies also to sharing with other Christians the things God 
has shared with us.  
   If God has shown you something today from His Word, then it 
is imperative that you share it with another Christian. As we have 
been saying, nothing is really ours until we share it" the 
expression will deepen the impression. So in seeking to stay spiritually 
fresh, discipline yourself to share appropriate issues with your 
Christian and non-Christian friends. Many do not do this. They are 
disciplined in their quiet time or their study of the Scriptures, but they 
have never disciplined themselves to share. Someone has defined a 
Christian as one who says by word or deed: "Let me commend my Savior to 
you." There is no better definition.  
   I saw a cartoon in a newspaper which showed a woman putting a 
garment around the shivering body of a little girl. Behind the woman 
stood Christ throwing a cloak around her shoulders. The title of the 
cartoon was this: "A proven assembly line." It is indeed. Give out to 
others, and it will be given to you"pressed down and running over. 
Especially running over.  
   Father, I reach up to You with one hand and reach out to 
those in need with the other. Give me some word or message to pass on 
to a non-Christian or one of my Christian brothers or sisters this 
day. In Jesus' name. Amen. [Every Day With Jesus Bible with Selwyn 
Hughes devotional re Mal. 3:16] 

   The aspects of experience and expression are extremely 
important in the Christian life: if experience gets low, then expression 
gets low; if expression gets low, then experience gets low.  
   We focus now on expression. If this side of the Christian 
life is not transformed from a bottled-up, non-contagious type of 
outflowing, then spiritual staleness is the inevitable result.  
   Two young men, both fairly new converts, had been listening 
to a sermon on evangelism. Afterwards, they approached their pastor 
and said: "We have never shared with anyone the experience we have 
had in Christ. How do we do it?" He suggested that they could go 
out, knock on a few doors, and just begin to share their experience 
of Christ. The next night, in fear and trembling, they knocked on 
the first door of the street that they had decided to evangelize and 
found it to be the home of a well-known lawyer. They were a little 
nonplussed when they discovered this and blurted out: "We have come to 
invite you to join our church." The lawyer said: "A lot of people have 
asked me to join the church over the years. Haven't you anything 
better than that to say to me?" They said: "Well, how about committing 
your life to Jesus Christ?"  
   The lawyer invited them in, and within an hour had 
surrendered to Christ. "Now, where are you going next," he said, "because I 
want to go with you." Before the end of the evening, the lawyer had 
the joy of witnessing another conversion like his own. Things happen 
when people share.  
   O Father, help me to come to such a place in my Christian 
life that in every situation where You want someone to pass on a 
special word from You, You will hear me say, "Here am I, Lord"send 
me." Amen. [Every Day With Jesus Bible with Selwyn Hughes devotional 
re 2Co. 5:20] 


   When we purchased our new home, I was given a handful of 
keys. Some were to the house, and others were to a couple of sheds 
located on the property. I went to check them out and found that one of 
the sheds was locked with a padlock that had obviously been around 
for a long time. I looked through the keys and found one that was 
pretty old looking, thinking that one best matched the lock. But it 
wouldn't open. I then tried the other keys with no success. I began to 
think that nothing would open that old lock. Finally, there was just 
one key left - a bright, shiny new key that I was sure wouldn't open 
that ancient lock. But I tried it anyway, and that old, beat-up lock 
popped right open. 
   After I'd had a chance to think about it, I realized that the 
old lock is a lot like me. Nobody thought I would amount to 
anything, but all I needed was the right key to unlock my heart - and that 
key was Jesus. We didn't look like much of a match, me with all my 
sin and him so pure and holy. But when he came into my life, I 
opened right up. 
   All that business about never amounting to anything is just a 
pack of lies. God is saying to each of us, "You're worth everything 
to me. Let me unlock your heart."  
   You gave everything for me, Father. I can't comprehend that, 
but I'm so glad you sent Jesus to unlock my rusty old heart. In 
Jesus' name, Amen. [Celebrate Recovery Daily Devotional by John & 
Johnny Baker] 

   One Sunday morning, our Sunday school teacher asked who would 
like to quote a favorite Bible verse. My hand shot up immediately, 
and I said, "Hebrews 8:12 - God forgives my wickedness and remembers 
my sins no more."  
   I was new to the class, but I was so excited that God had 
chosen to forgive and forget my past that I couldn't contain myself. 
When the teacher called on me, I quickly replied, "I just have to say 
it. I can't hold it in!" 
   Sometime later, one of the men who had been in the class that 
Sunday told me he had made the following remark to the person sitting 
next to him: "Wow, he sounds pretty fired up. But I bet that will be 
gone in a few years." Then he said, "But I can see I was wrong. 
You're still fired up!" And now, more than twenty-five years later, I'm 
fired up even more because I now know God has not only rescued me from 
my old destructive path, but he has also been faithful throughout 
the years to keep me on the right path, one that leads to hope and 
joy. I can't possibly keep it to myself. 
   No matter how good or bad we are, we are never good enough. 
God has to rescue every one of us. We should never keep that to 
   Father, thank you for rescuing me and giving me a new start. 
I will be grateful for as long as I live and also for eternity. In 
Jesus' name, Amen. [Celebrate Recovery Daily Devotional by John & 
Johnny Baker] 


If the love of God flows through us, we will find ourselves 
sharing that love with those around us, for God is love, and that love 
is bigger than its container, the Christian, so it must overflow.  
Al Bryant [Time with God SB] 


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