28th May 2014

He Who Whispers Down A Well 

“But in your hearts set apart 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)

There is a saying, “He who whispers down a well, about the goods he has to sell, will not reap the shining dollars, like he who climbs a tree and hollers.” This saying seems to be in conflict with the heading scripture in 1 Peter 3.15 quoted above. That is deliberate to make a point about the contrast between the way the world we live in promotes all the wrong things with great zeal, and the way in which we, as Christians, should be prepared to speak out when an opportunity presents itself. 

On our televisions, and in films, the wrong values are often promoted with great intensity. Advertising is often based on the value of ‘you are worth it,’ or alternatively, to imply that this or that purchase will make you cool, or special, or one up on your friends and neighbours. 

The Christian is instructed to wait for the opportunity and then to speak in a gentle and respectful way. But when that opportunity comes our way, do we have the courage to take it? The key, of course, is our relationship with Christ. That is what gives us the confidence to speak when we are asked about the hope that is in us. It may be frustrating when we feel a burning desire to share our belief, to have to patiently wait to be asked a question. But our responsibility is to prepare ourselves to answer the question.  We need to grow in grace and knowledge so that we are able to do so. (2 Peter 3.18) 

There are some Christians, especially some TV evangelists, who do shout loudly in seeking to spread the gospel message. It’s too easy to feel our take on the gospel message is so important we must shout from the rooftops. But is this what God requires? 

If we are not getting asked any questions about our faith and belief, maybe it is because we are not prepared. It is God’s decision who he calls (John 6.65). When He calls someone in our immediate circle of family, friends and acquaintances, let’s make sure we are ready to answer with gentleness and respect, as the scripture says. 

Loving Father, please bring us into contact with those you are calling, and give us the wisdom and grace to respond in a loving and caring way.

Study by Keith Hartrick


About the Author:
Keith Hartrick is an Elder in Grace Communion Church – Leeds, a Congregation of the Worldwide Church of God UK, and serves on the Church Council there.

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion – Leeds
Garden Village Welfare Association Community Centre
Pendas Way
LS15 8LE

Meeting Time:
Saturday 2PM

Local Congregational Contact:
Malcolm Arnold
Phone:  01484-312347
Email: malcolm.john.arnold@ntlworld.com

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