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28 Days: Day 11

SCRIPTURE

  • 1 Peter 3:15 (NIV) 15  But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,

OBSERVATION

What does it mean to set apart Christ as Lord in our hearts?  I think that this is the pre-requisite for having a good witness.  When we set apart Christ as Lord in our hearts we are saying that God is the sovereign ruler of our life.  We are saying that He gets the highest priority, our deepest worship, that He is the One who has the right to tell us what to do.  When we live like this it will always foster questions from those around us and then we must be prepared to tell them what it is we are doing and why.

 

UNDERSTANDING

If you’ve ever served on a jury, you know that it can be a tedious and boring process. As a juror, you sift through charts, timelines, physical and circumstantial evidence, opinion and speculation…day after day. But the entire courtroom sits up and pays special attention when an eyewitness takes the stand. There is something riveting when someone testifies to what they have personally seen and heard. If they are telling the truth, not even the most skillful cross-examiner will be able to impeach the witness.

It is the same with our testimony concerning Christ. No amount of book knowledge, clever arguments or contrary opinion can ever shake our experience with the living Lord Jesus. When we share what Christ has done in our lives, we speak from experience. We don’t need to be expert bible scholars or theologians to give our testimony – we lived it! We have firsthand knowledge of, and a personal relationship with, a savior and friend who walks and talks with us, who has forgiven our sins and who promises us abundant and eternal life. Everyone within your scope of influence; friends and family, co-workers and school-mates, everyone you know, should hear about what God has done in your life and that He can do the same for them.

LIFE APPLICATION

As you choose to consecrate (set ourselves apart) our lives to God, prayerfully ask Him to place you in situations where you can share your faith and when those opportunities present themselves – Preach it!