but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect,
1 Peter 3:15
If you’ve heard the term Bible-thumping, it probably conjures up images of a gray-haired man with fire in his eyes, holding a Bible in the air with one hand while pointing an accusatory finger with the other; demanding sinners repent to Almighty God.
As Christians, we’re called to evangelize, but this approach doesn’t reflect Christ’s love. Too many Christians believe that their faith is a personal matter and should be confined to the walls of the church, or kept quiet altogether. While it’s true we shouldn’t take the Bible-thumping approach to share our faith; we should always be ready and willing to explain it to those who are curious.
When we fully embrace our faith and allow Jesus to be the Lord of our lives, we end up living like no one else. This wholly (not holy) Christian lifestyle—our everyday choices, actions, and behaviors—is evident to non-believers. You’re shining a light into a world of darkness whether you realize it or not.
There are many lost and confused souls out there. Many of them are looking for purpose and the meaning of life. These individuals may be seeking God, or they may not be, but they’re at least open to the idea of something bigger than themselves. For this reason, we believers must always be ready to talk about our faith and share what Christ has done in our lives.
Are you prepared to tell someone what Christ has done in your life?
Today’s author: Mark Henderson—Founder of The Inspired Legacy
Mark is a creative professional with more than 20 years of experience in the fields of web design and advertising. He also serves as the chief content officer at The Inspired Legacy, an online ministry dedicated to shining a light on God’s gift of parenthood. The organization aims to inspire and equip fathers to boldly lead their families, love their kids unconditionally, and leave a legacy of grown children that carry on these same traditions. Mark resides in Sioux Falls, South Dakota with his wife, Kimberly. Together, they have three children, two girls, and one boy.