The 90 Day Challenge Day 90 – Promises & Inspiring Questions

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“Instead, you must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your Christian hope, always be ready to explain it.” – 1 Peter 3:15

I like my coffee. I have tried many different kinds, flavors, and means of preparation. As a result there are some coffees that are just poor quality to me. Forget instant, can’t even be in the mix. Many regular store brands I can drink but not fully enjoy. And, there are specialty brands for which I do not care for the taste. I have developed this sense of taste for coffee by experience. And sharing our faith is also about experience.

Many focus on our need to be ready to explain our faith. And we should be ready to clearly and simply explain why we believe to others. But it is not that hard. It is not rocket science. What captures my imagination is the phrase “And if someone asks.” Why does someone ask? What happened that caused someone to ask? When was the last time I/you had someone ASK us about our Christian hope? I can only come up with one answer. The person who asks about a Christians hope can only come to that point by experiencing a Christian living a life of hope; living a life of worshipping Christ as Lord of their lives. The person who asks is experiencing the Spirit of God creating interest in them by experiencing a believer living out his/her faith in the real world.

Which brings me to another question. Why am I/we not being asked this question more? There is more than one answer to this question, and more than I will outline here. People will ask questions, when we as Christians are sharing more than cursory time with them. People will ask questions, when we as believers are pleading to God for the Spirit to awaken spiritual sensitivity in people we encounter every day. People will ask questions, when we actually live distinctly from the world. In fact, we may even need to live distinctly different from typical Christian or church culture. People will ask questions when we live and talk like Jesus is the most important thing in our lives. People will ask questions when they know we love them and will be there for them whether they ever come to Christ or not. No one asks questions if they are feeling like a project!

Father, make my life a question generator to all who cross my path each day.
JT

Readings: 1 Timothy 5, 1 Peter 3, Genesis 1, Ecclesiastes 4

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Praying the Prayers of the Bible – Day 77

Philemon 4-6

“I pray that you may be active in sharing your faith, so that you will have a full understanding of every good thing we have in Christ.” (6)

What would happen in a church who prayed for each other to be active in sharing their faith?  The very praying for such a thing for others would stir the person praying to be more active as well.  Praying this in faith would lead to a confidence that God would open doors for us to share our faith with others.  Lives would change…

I am amazed at the result of being active in sharing my faith – “full understanding of everything we have in Christ.”  Sharing our faith with others helps us grow spiritually.  Sharing our faith expands our belief and boldness to live in all God promises He will do in His word. When you see God work as you share your faith, you begin to live in greater faith in al the “good things” God intends for us.

Lord, help us to be a church family that is active in sharing our faith.  Grant us full understanding of every good thing we have in Christ!

JT