“But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect” (1 Peter 3.15 NIV).
Many people use their service to God as an excuse to ignore the needs of the people right in front of them. They are so busy in their “ministry” that when a loved one needs a word of hope, they ignore the subtle plea for help and encouragement. We should never be so busy ministering that we can’t minister to the people walking alongside us. How many times have we looked passed an individual life because they didn’t seem worthy of the “big” impact we believe we are making? Peter tells us to “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.” God places specific people into our lives who need hope. They are not the mass audience we imagine; rather, they are the teary eyes and the exhausted souls of people who cross our paths daily. These people should always come first. No matter what epic deed we are working on that we feel will impact the world, we need to be sensitive to the people we rub elbows with on a daily basis. God doesn’t do things by accident. He knows exactly who will show up on our doorstep or call us on the phone. When we can, we should stop whatever we are doing and offer the hope we have in Jesus. In that way, we will truly make a difference in the hearts of God’s children.
“Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ” (Galatians 6.2 NLT).