Who really is called to stand up for God?
Is it a spiritual gift given to a select few? At times it seems like there are many scholars and theologians in the world that are better prepared to stand up for God.
Being a Christian there are some things that we are all called to do. And standing up for God–your hope, is one of those things. Although God doesn’t need our help in order to be God, He puts people in our lives that require us to defend what we believe in.
“Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.” 1 Peter 3:15 (NIV)
Further, God reveals Himself to people in different ways and it is encouraging to know that God doesn’t use us all in the same way. At times you will defend your faith in God and it will feel as if you failed. But you haven’t failed because you are called to stand up for your faith in God and when you do that, seeds are planted. So when you defend Jesus as your Lord and Savior, do so with boldness and grace.
“In whom we have boldness and access with confidence through our faith in him.”
Ephesians 3:12 (ESV)
It’s good to self reflect on how you are communicating your faith in God. In my article How to Answer Our Children’s Doubts About God I gave two ways that Christians can build their knowledge about God. While it is very important to have a relationship with God in order to be a good communicator of your faith, you must also know about God. When you know about God you have more confidence about your faith so when you are called to stand up for God–you will be prepared to give a response for why you have given your life to God.
The disciples proved to us that we don’t have to be biblical scholars in order to stand up for God. We are called by God Himself to boldly speak about the faith and hope we have.
“Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus.”
Acts 4:13 (ESV)
How will you prepare to stand up for your faith in God?