You don’t have to defend or explain what God is doing in you or in your life to anyone.
But when someone asks about the crazy unbelievably awesome “Hope” you have, be ready to speak up and defend it.
Keep your hearts at attention!
~ XXOO Michelle Cosby Bollom
If with heart and soul you’re doing good, do you think you can be stopped? Even if you suffer for it, you’re still better off. Don’t give the opposition a second thought. Through thick and thin, keep your hearts at attention, in adoration before Christ, your Master. Be ready to speak up and tell anyone who asks why you’re living the way you are, and always with the utmost courtesy. Keep a clear conscience before God so that when people throw mud at you, none of it will stick. They’ll end up realizing that they’re the ones who need a bath. It’s better to suffer for doing good, if that’s what God wants, than to be punished for doing bad. That’s what Christ did definitively: suffered because of others’ sins, the Righteous One for the unrighteous ones. He went through it all—was put to death and then made alive—to bring us to God. —1 Peter 3:13-18 MSG
You have delivered my soul from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling.~ Psalm 116:8
None of us likes to admit to being lost; we would rather project an image of confidence and purposefulness.
The writer of Psalm 116 had no such qualms. He did not hesitate to say that he was clearly “lost,” spiritually, emotionally, and physically. He had been “brought low” before the Lord helped him, and his life had been one of “trouble and sorrow” until the Lord delivered him.
The first step for us in finding our true selves is an honest assessment of our real condition, which is that we are “wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked” (Rev. 3:17).
Not a pretty picture, nor is it one that we readily admit to when we have our health, our loved ones, financial security, and plenty of creature comforts. But these can all be lost in a moment.
To think that earthly things alone make us rich is to live in delusion.
The good news of the gospel is that when Jesus saves us he makes us “a new creation” (2 Cor. 5:17).
When we believe and trust God, we who once were lost are “found” in Christ (Phil. 3:9).