Picture this: I just get home from a workout and I had finished my water in my bottle just to see that my Brita water filter jug is empty. Granted, it doesn’t take long to filter potable water however, I just really wanted the water at the moment and not a second later. I had no one to blame but myself for not refilling it as soon as I used the water filter.
Besides the obvious lesson of refilling the water right away, 1 Peter 3:15 was reinforced in my mind. The text says, “… but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect.” While this passage of scripture is referring to those that suffer for the sake of Christ, the point can be made that we must be ready at all times, suffering or not. As followers of God we ought to be ready at any time to give an account of who God is but if we are honest with ourselves, many of us Christians are like my Brita filter, empty.
We cannot tell anyone about a Father we only see on the weekends. A relationship is not maintained with occasional or even consistent day visits to God’s house. We sometimes treat God like He’s an estrange deadbeat father when we are the ones that have pulled away. In order for us to be witnesses of who God is and the hope He brings to our lives we must be in communion with Him on a regular.
Easter reminds the world of Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection but what we forget is who He left behind to fill us when He ascended to heaven. John 14:15-17 says:
“If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.”
We can only share the hope within us if the Holy Spirit is dwelling within us. We must be ready at all times to speak of the one we love for the sake of bringing meaning to this empty world.