Prepared for Mystery
Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have (in Jesus Christ). — 1 Peter 3:15 (NIV)
Why is it important that we are prepared?
Because the world is hungry for life to the full, but it does not know how to find it.
The Spirit has revealed truths to us about Jesus Christ. Our eyes have been opened and our hearts have received this hidden secret of the Kingdom of God: that life is found in Jesus Christ.
The world, as it tries to understand these mysteries, can’t. It is impossible for them. So God has chosen to use us to show them by the way we live, and tell them by the words we use. We want to be faithful stewards of God’s mysteries.
We need to be prepared to give an answer for the hope that we have in Jesus Christ because, without our answer, they will not know.
Here are three practical ways to apply this in your life:
- We can only talk about what has been entrusted to us. Don’t get "mystery envy". Only steward and share what God has shared with you. No pressure — just be willing to share your story about what Jesus has done in your life.
- In order to share the mystery of Christ, you have to know the mystery of Christ. Intimacy with Jesus is what gives you a story to tell.
- These are spiritual mysteries, so they involve spiritual warfare. Prayer is the beginning of you bringing these mysteries to your family, friends and neighbors. Bringing them brownies is great, but we don’t need them to like you. We want the Spirit to burden their hearts for Jesus. This begins with prayer.
And He was saying to them, “To you has been given the mystery of the kingdom of God, but those who are outside get everything in parables, so that while seeing, they may see and not perceive, and while hearing, they may hear and not understand, otherwise they might return and be forgiven.” — Mark 4:11–12 (NASB)
But we impart a secret and hidden wisdom of God, which God decreed before the ages for our glory. …these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. — 1 Corinthians 2:7,10 (ESV)
This is how one should regard us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover, it is required of stewards that they be found faithful. — 1 Corinthians 4:1–2 (ESV)
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