Yes, it would be nice if we did have a crystal ball to discern the future. On some fronts we might be making advances such as with science and technology; yet, in other areas dealing with human interaction and the environment we seem to be going downhill.
As people of faith, I believe we are those who live with hope. It is a hope that God has a future for us and that God will ultimately bring history to a close and provide our heavenly home for us and continue to care for us. It is this HOPE that we ought to be able to share. This Sunday, the apostle Peter gives us this directive: "Always be ready to make your defense to anyone who demands from you an accounting for the hope that is in you." (1 Peter 3:15)
If someone were to ask you about your hope, would you be able to articulate it? Here, I think we might need to do some homework. I believe it is important that we are prepared to speak regarding what we believe!
The apostle not only addresses our speaking of this hope, but also that we live with Christ as Lord. Peter states here directly: "Sanctify Christ as Lord." 1 Peter 3:15 This means that we recognize Christ's lordship over every aspect of life. He is even lord over all human authority. He is the one who rose from the dead and lives to give us new life (through baptism) and also to provide an eternal place in the heavens.
You can feel free to leave a comment on the questions below. In preparation for worship this Sunday you can read 1 Peter 3:13-22. May your preparation and actual worship be a blessing for you!
Discipleship Questions for Reflection
Have you ever had to give an accounting for your faith - why you believe as you do or why you attend church?
What situations today do people feel might be "hopeless" and how might your faith address these concerns?