“Be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear.” 1 Peter 3:15
If I were to answer that question, the one that asks, “What is the reason for the hope within me?” I would first have to begin my answer by quoting 1 John 4:19 while substituting the “we” and “us” with “I” and “me,” saying, “I love Him because He first loved me.”
Today, I recognize the extremes of His love for me. Today, with my mind’s eye, I can take a tour of my past, throughout my life, even before I was saved or born-again, and I can see the many places the hand of the Lord was working to pull me near. I can see places where I was divinely protected. I can see times when now, I can readily identify that it was nothing but the hand of God who brought me through.
My story is my story. It is the testimony of what God has uniquely done in my life. Our stories may all start out differently. Our stories will be original to us and the experiences we have lived through. Our testimonies will tell of the paths we have journeyed and the mighty works God has done for each of us.
While the avenues we have traveled with the stories they tell may have all started differently, they all have this one thing in common. At the conclusion of everything, the only answer we have is Jesus.
For me to sit down and begin to tell you of all the ways that Christ has impacted my life, let’s just say that time and pages could not tell. But what I can tell you is of the love I feel now. Never have I been so enveloped by a love story before than the one where I was rescued. As I look in Scripture and see Jesus’ continual compassion and mercies toward others, I readily see those caring aspects of our Lord’s loving character applied to my own life. I see where He unashamedly welcomed me into His family. I can see the many times I have been forgiven.
There was once a time when I wondered, looking for answers that didn’t really have questions. There were times when I looked, but now the search is over, and I have this beautiful foundation established in the Lord Jesus Christ that wholly supports my life.
Every one of us who is holding on to that blessed hope is holding on for a reason. We see Him. We believe in Him. We have witnessed Him at work in our lives. We see His story leap from the pages of the Bible into our very lives. This story is real. What He has done is real. His love is real. And there is no greater I know.
For me, to tell another of this reason, I must begin with that love. A love I couldn’t find anywhere, but at the same time, now I see it was a love that was chasing me down. Being caught in His grace, I am glad for this life that now finds me in Him.
Through the course of apologetics, I could fashion sound answers that would be true over and over again. But the testimony of my heart still tells of the reason for my hope – Jesus, and His love for me.
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