A message about witnessing, based on 1 Peter 3:13-22 (Easter 6A).
In Chapters 3-4 Peter told Christians, scattered around the world, to live in harmony, to do good and to live for God; at the same time, he also repeatedly talks about suffering. If God’s people do these things, then why would we suffer?
I was talking to a Crows fan yesterday, who said the Team had the perfect game plan and won their first two matches, but that the other teams watched and learned how to beat them. And that made me think:
- We are on a team;
- We have a coach, who we love and trust; and
- There seem to be other teams, and some oppose us!
Peter’s Advice on Witnessing
Peter tells us to be ready to say why we are confident in Jesus, our coach, and trust him above all other coaches, but we are to do this humbly and with respect for the other people (and their coaches).
He also tells us to keep a clear conscience – to ‘walk the walk’ as well as ‘talking the talk’. After all, if we speak gently and live holy lives, what could people say against that?
Message for Today
Sometimes I get annoyed at how some people want to have a go at our team, and say nasty things about us. And I have to remind myself that people are free to trust whichever coach they want. After all, our team has made plenty of mistakes over the years; we haven’t always walked and talked in a way that made our coach proud.
Our coach also reminds us that in the past, when our team built the ark, there was lots of time to for everyone else to see what they were doing, ask what was going on, and be saved. But only eight people, Noah’s team, were saved (but ALL the ‘dumb’ animals were saved!).
Finally, let’s remind ourselves why we can trust our coach, why we “set apart Christ as Lord”:
- Christ, the righteous died to save us sinners;
- He has preached to the living and the dead – no one will escape from his Word;
- Jesus is risen from the dead;
- He has ascended into heaven and sits at God’s right hand;
- All natural and spiritual power will answer to Him.
Amen, Jesus is Risen over all!