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,
Recently we were in Knoxville and decided to visit Lakeshore Park, a new park made on the grounds of a former state mental hospital (I worked there 40 years ago). The non-profit organization that oversees the land has done a beautiful job converting this to a city park overlooking the Tennessee River and the Smoky Mountains. One of the buildings on the grounds is named Marble Hall. From a distance it looks like a church, which is unexpected in the middle of a city park. As we got closer we saw that while it looked like a church on the front and back, there were not side walls and no furniture except for a stage area with a bench. There were no religions symbols. There is just this stained glass window.
Sometimes I wonder if we are not like this building that looks like a church but isn’t. Do we really make the effort to tell people that we meet about the hope we have in Jesus Christ? Are we always ready to give anyone who asks a reason for the hope that is in us? Are we afraid that what we say will be not spoken with gentleness and respect? During this time of Lent, let us ask these questions of ourselves and find ways to share our hope in Jesus every day.
Jesus Christ, Lord and Savior,
Teach us how to honor you as Lord of our hearts. Help us examine our lives. Give us courage to share the hope we have in you with the people we meet each day.
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