1Peter 3:15, “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense (reason) to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear”
We appreciate messages on life enhancements, steps to happiness, how to live a successful life, how to prosper and the like. These messages are good and we should love them but the messages on holiness, righteousness, purity, sanctification, concentration, servant hood should have a greater impact in a life of a believer. The Benefactor ought to be greater than the benefits. Christ is the PRIME product so to speak, not the by product. We serve Him because He is worthy of our service.
A weak example I can use that might drive this point home is this, If you apply for a job in a company, the main thing is not the benefits but the job itself. As you discuss the nature of the job, the requirements, the salary, the environment, the expectations somewhere in between you will discuss the benefits. I don’t think that anyone applies for a job primarily for benefits. With this in mind, the first question I ask myself, why I’m I serving Christ? Why did I come to Christ?. I believe that our understanding of why we serve Christ helps eliminates many things that we get frustrated with when we have a clear understanding of why we chose or better, why Christ chose us in the first place. Did I come to serve because He promised me life enhancement, happiness, comfort? Why are you serving Christ?
I came to Christ primarily because He offered eternal life and bring glory to His name. Hebrews 9:27, says “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this is judgment” and His judgment will not be based on the life enhancement, it will be based on whether I repented of my sins and received Christ by faith. If coming to Christ is to receive the gift of eternal life, then serving Christ is life sustenance on the gift and letting other people know that “Christ in us the hope of glory”. We become witnesses of the saving grace. If someone pointed you to Christ, should you not be compelled to do the same?
Of course serving Christ does have benefits too, Psalm 103:1-4, “…, Bless the Lord, O my soul and forget not His benefits, Who forgives all your iniquities, who heals all your diseases, who redeem your life from destruction, who crowns you with loving kindness and tender mercies, who satisfies your mouth with goods things etc“. So should I give up on Christ if some of these benefits are not provided? no, because my coming to Him was to receive the gift of eternal life. We need to put the emphasis on the hope to come and not on the benefits that are temporary.
Serving Christ is not about happiness but righteousness. Romans 14:17, “For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink, but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost”. Meat and drink is about happiness, for believers it’s more than that, it’s righteousness, holiness, purity, peace that surpasses all understanding, unspeakable joy full of Holy Ghost. Happiness depends on circumstance, joy depends on the promise that regardless of what happens, I have the joy of knowing that one day when this life is over I will be with Him in heaven.
1Peter 3:15, “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense (reason) to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear”. Sanctify is to set apart for sacred use, it’s also to make holy and purify. The definition I love, sanctify is to make productive of holiness. The Lord is holy, because He lives in us, we have to set ourselves apart in readiness for His use. We have to desire holiness and purity. Our uniqueness will raise questions and what a joy to stand and respond confidently the reason why we serve Christ, we contend for the faith.
Are you ready to give an answer if someone was to ask you of your hope in Christ? If asked, would you answer with meekness (submissive, patient, humbleness) and fear (extreme reverence)?. I want to be different in the sight of men and when they ask what makes me different, I will not be afraid and intimidated to speak of the hope that lies within me. This serves even as a great reminder of why I serve Christ. Blessings Ev