1 Peter 3:13-17 – “Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. Do not fear what they fear; do not be frightened. 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, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander. It is better if it is God’s will to suffer for doing good than for doing evil.”
Have you ever known suffering? Of course, you have. You and every brother or sister who’s ever walked this earth has tasted at least some. I remember being mocked and laughed at by an atheist who calls God my “friend in the sky”.
In having a conversation with him about it I remarked: “Should it all turn out to be false, and in the end, there was no heaven, I could live with that. Because throughout my life if I treated people with dignity and respect, if I treated them the way I hoped to be treated – my life and theirs would have been improved in the process.”
He was hoping to injure me with his words, causing suffering – in spite of it, I was blessed.
I have a strong reason for my hope. Evidence of the truth abounds and the truth is that Jesus Christ IS Lord. He’s who he said he is – the things he did on earth are documented and true. Including his resurrection from the dead.
So know this: We are all children of God. He made each of us for a purpose and called all of us to dine at his table. Our role as the elect is to show a little of Christ to those around us, to reflect his essence to the world. We may be the only glimpse of him that your friends and associates have ever seen.