Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. And do this with gentleness and respect.

Followers of Jesus apparently walk around with hope. A hope that can be seen from the outside. Why else would Peter charge us with being ready to answer when someone sees and asks about it? Are you ready to give an answer?

The other day, I had a conversation with someone I love. He was telling me how at this point in his life, he doesn’t hesitate to share the good news when he gets an opportunity. Then he told me about one small way he has found an opportunity. While in the middle of a transaction with a customer paying by credit card, the machine reads out “redeemed”. Redeemed means, in this case, to pay off, or clear by payment. The customer is free now to go ahead and play a round of golf.

But instead of hearing, “Have a nice round of golf!” or something very typical of good customer service, the customer gets the question “The machine says ‘redeemed’.

Are you redeemed?”

It was reported that while some just want to get to their round of golf, others are surprisingly very willing to carry on the conversation about the meaning of redemption. A few are even excited to say “I am …redeemed! On account of my Lord Jesus.”

Always be ready to explain the hope that you have because of what Christ has done for you. And always be on the lookout for an opportunity to draw others into the conversation about God’s amazing work in Christ Jesus to redeem us. To give us – at only cost to Himself – what no money on earth can buy: His righteousness and His merit and His place as a beloved child of God. This might well be the best customer service on the planet!

I am redeemed! And Jesus certainly is Lord of all!
Pastor Ruth


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