Following a lesson on personal evangelism, Sam, a barber, left church convicted that he should share his faith with his customers. So the next morning when he arrived at his shop he said, “Today I am going to share my faith with the first man who walks through my door.”
Soon after a man entered and said, “I want a shave!”
Sam said, “Sure, just sit in the seat and I’ll be with you in a moment.” Quickly he prayed a quick desperate prayer saying, “God, help me say the right thing to this man.
Then nervously the barber turned to the customer with his razor in one hand and a Bible in the other while saying “Sir. I have a question for you… Are you ready to die?”
I suppose we have all tried to share our faith with someone when fear and nerves got the better of us and we blurted out the wrong thing. In one of the great verses of the Bible are these words of encouragement. “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”(1 Pet. 3:15)
In considering the context of the verse, Peter is preparing them for persecution. In the previous verses, he has described Christian conduct in various relationships. Now, he turns more specifically to the subject of suffering. This epistle is clear that its readers were or would experience persecution for their faith.
How do you face difficulties? Hardships? Persecution? And suffering?
(1) Sanctify the Lord in Your Heart.