Thought for the week by Pastor Diana Rutherford

by Struthers Cumbernauld

'And if someone asks about your hope as a believer, always be ready to explain it.'

1 Peter 3:15

This is an excellent scripture, one which we do well to take note of and apply in our every day lives.

We pray that others will find Christ and then we forget what we have prayed because of the business of the day. Sometimes opportunities are given to us and we miss them for different reasons. An opportunity is lost forever to testify to His unfailing love. Sometimes that lost opportunity results in tragedy. A life that could have heard the gospel is lost forever. A needy word to help a hungry soul is not given and they go away hungry and disappointed.

So what causes us to miss these opportunities to the point we don't even know sometimes we have missed them!

The answer is very simply in the first part of this verse.

'Instead, you must worship Christ as Lord of your life.'

If we did that, if we made Christ Lord, we would not be so caught up in the business of life to miss these glorious opportunities that are given us from time to time.  If Christ were central then the passion of our souls would be to share His love and power with as many as we could. It would become the theme of our hearts, the passion of our souls. This is the key to keeping everything right.

When we make someone Lord we surrender to their authority, their wisdom, their choices. There is no question of doing our own thing any more. Peter encourages us to worship Christ as Lord of our life. In other words in charge of the business of every day living!

If we do this then we will not only benefit our own spiritual well being we will bring blessing to the lives of every other we meet. And so this day, keep close to Him, whisper His name in your heart, take a deep breath before you make that rash decision and let Him guide your heart keeping you close to Him all through the day. Then we will be in the right place at the right time with the right attitude and we will not miss those wonderful opportunities to share the glorious truth of our Lord.

'You also must be ready all the time'.

Matthew 24:44