Always be ready

1 Peter 3--15

The Verse of the Day for March 10, 2017 provides a reminder for believers to always be ready:

1 Peter 3:15 (NKJV):

But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear;

Here is an expanded translation from the Amplified Bible:

But in your hearts set Christ apart [as holy—acknowledging Him, giving Him first place in your lives] as Lord. Always be ready to give a [logical] defense to anyone who asks you to account for the hope and confident assurance [elicited by faith] that is within you, yet [do it] with gentleness and respect.

The exhortation “to be ready” is also found elsewhere in the Scriptures. Note these words of wisdom from Proverbs 22:17-19 (AMP):

Listen carefully and hear the words of the wise,
And apply your mind to my knowledge;
18 
For it will be pleasant if you keep them in mind [incorporating them as guiding principles];
Let them be ready on your lips [to guide and strengthen yourself and others].
19 
So that your trust and reliance and confidence may be in the Lord,
I have taught these things to you today, even to you

Another prominent place where believers are encouraged “to be ready” is found in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke in reference to the Return of Jesus Christ.

Matthew 24:42-44 (AMP):

[Be Ready for His Coming] “So be alert [give strict attention, be cautious and active in faith], for you do not know which day [whether near or far] your Lord is coming. 43 But understand this: If the head of the house had known what time of the night the thief was coming, he would have been on the alert and would not have allowed his house to be broken into. 44 Therefore, you [who follow Me] must also be ready; because the Son of Man is coming at an hour when you do not expect Him.

The Gospel of Luke reiterates the message:

Luke 12:40 (NLT):

You also must be ready all the time, for the Son of Man will come when least expected.”

Clearly, the Word of God encourages us always to be ready, especially to be ready to give an answer to those who ask about the hope that we proclaim. Toby Mac encourages us to be ready to “Speak Life.”

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