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, having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame.1 Peter 3:15–16
When I was little we had a 1969 Volkswagen van that we always took on road trips. I remember it being loud and hot and oh so much fun. We would drive for hours without so much as an iPad or cellphone. To pass the time we would count the different state license plates we would see, or hit each other in the shoulder every time we saw a VW bug (Slug Bug!) I also remember that there was no GPS, so whenever we got lost, we were really lost and the only thing to do was to stop at a gas station and ask directions, something my dad often refused to do, but my mom always insisted. Asking directions meant failure to my dad, it meant he was lost and he didn’t want to be lost, like most people who want to be in control of their lives. Being similar to my dad, I’m thankful for GPS, now I don’t have to ask anyone but Siri or Google how to get there.
Being lost is not something anyone likes admitting. It’s hard to tell people you thought you knew where you were and where you were going, but it turns out you were dead wrong. And that’s the problem, none of us want to be proven wrong. This is why it can be so hard to share the love of God, because when you share your faith with someone who has no faith it’s often like giving directions to a lost driver who wants to find their way on their own. But we can’t let that fear of bothering the lost keep us from offering direction. If you were in a desolate part of the country and you saw someone who was obviously lost, would you refuse to approach them with help because you feared they would reject it? Of course not, you know that helping a lost traveler is always a kindness. So when it comes to offering the lost sheep of this world their Shepherd just remember that being lost is a dangerous place to be and that you may be the only passerby with directions.
Questions to ponder
Have you ever shared your faith with a lost soul? If so, explain.
What keeps you from sharing your faith with non-believers?
Make it your goal to talk about Jesus at least once today with someone that crosses your path.