Google+ 12/04/13 Satan Will Be Embarrassed and God Will Be Glorified!

1 Peter 3:14-16

 

But even if you suffer for doing what is right, God will reward you for it.

So don’t worry or be afraid of their threats.

Instead, you must worship Christ as Lord of your life.

And if someone asks about your Christian hope, always be ready to explain it.

But do this in a gentle and respectful way.

Keep your conscience clear.

Then if people speak against you,

They will be ashamed when they see what a good life you live because you belong to Christ.

 

In part three of our twelve-part devotion series entitled, "Be Prepared!" we turn to the apostle Peter for some sage advice and instruction.  If I already didn't have a life verse from Joshua, today's Scripture would be mine!  So many of us as Christians were taught, and have experienced, the wrong things as it applies to serving God.  There is a "Christian lie" that most churches either perpetuate or do nothing to dispel.  Once we accept Jesus, many aspects of our earthly life get harder, not easier!  The world does not embrace Jesus.  At Easter and Christmas, the world tolerates Jesus, simply because it is financially lucrative to do so.  How do I know that?  How many businesses are open on both Christmas and Easter?  If the reverence was genuine, no one would be open.  In this fact, lays the pitfalls for all that claim the name of Jesus.  As Christians, we will suffer for being prepared and doing the right thing and those that embrace the world will ridicule each of us, often.  Look at what happened to Abraham, Moses, Noah, Lot, Joshua, Daniel, Job, Paul, all of the apostles, and of course Jesus.  This fact leads back to the "Christian lie" we must dispel.  Being a living, practicing, worshipping Christian is hard, but it is the only way.  Look at the last part of our Scripture today.  Peter says we must always be prepared to explain our Christian hope.  To make this "plight" more difficult, he tells us to be gentle and respectful to others while explaining Jesus.  Yes, even to those who wish to argue and judge!  In other words, don't stoop down to the world's level.  The hardest part of this directive is for us to be patient for the results of our obedience.  We must wait for the Holy Spirit to convict their hearts of the foolishness they are speaking and doing.  It does happen.  I have seen it on numerous occasions, but waiting for that day is often painful!  Be prepared to testify about your Christian hope every day, every way.  Be gentle and respectful, but tell the truth in love.  "Satan Will Be Embarrassed and God Will Be Glorified!"