Sunday, August 5, 2018

E X P R E S S I O N S   O F   H O P E
I Peter 3:15

How do you respond when you see a teammate who demonstrates strong commitment and devotion to his/her sport or to his/her team?  Do you wonder why?  Maybe you follow his/her example.  Have you ever asked him/her why he/she’s so committed?


In the book of First Peter at chapter 3 and verse 15 we read the following, “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.”


Peter’s counsel is simple – a committed heart will be noticed by others.  A committed heart will prompt questions.  When people ask you about your commitment, give them an answer with gentleness and respect.


It’s the same for us in sport.  Your commitment to your sport and to your team will be noticed by many.  Some of them will even ask you questions about it.  Your committed heart is an enigma to them and most will not understand.  When they do ask you about it, give them a simple answer gently and respectfully.  Even if they still don’t understand, you’ve answered them well.


As you approach today’s competition, understand that your level of commitment may be out of the ordinary and others may not fully appreciate it.  Expect such commitment to be noticed, to raise questions and even objections.  Be prepared to answer all who ask with gentleness and respect.


Bible Reading Plan:
Luke 14:15-24
I Timothy 3:11-16
Ezra 7