1 Peter 3:14
But even if you should suffer for doing what is right, you are blessed. “Never be afraid of their threats, and never get upset. Instead, exalt the Messiah” as Lord in your lives. Always be prepared to give a defense to everyone who asks you to explain the hope you have. But do this gently and respectfully, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak evil of your good conduct in the Messiah will be ashamed of slandering you.
God never promised us a stress-free or easy life, on the contrary, He knows the faithful will be treated badly and persecuted because we live in a fallen world. However, those who keep the love of God and the word of God in their hearts will be rewarded in the end. We have the opportunity to be the remnant few (Zephaniah 2:7). The only thing standing in our way is our perspective in our current hardships. 1 Peter 3:14 tells us that even when suffering for doing good, we will be blessed. The key is that the blessing comes after the Lord has given us the strength to endure our hardship.
In this case, we are called to stand our ground and be prepared to defend our faith. This defense is not about getting angry and arguing. It is about speaking sober-minded and using every minute of our defense to glorify Christ’ life, His crucifixion, and His resurrection. Then, explaining how Jesus changed our lives for the better. Tell them your testimony which is your personal truth. It may not be immediate, but they will know they are wrong in the end. Just remember that regardless you are blessed! You will be the chosen few.
When I was medically separated from the Marine Corps and lost my house and then my wife was diagnosed with lupus and fibromyalgia. At first, I was asking God “why us.” We went to church, but then I realized I did not fully give myself to God. It wasn’t until I figured that out that I learned what I lost was just material possessions. When my wife became ill, I was able to build a relationship with her again. We were not in the best of places in our marriage at that time, and now we are each other’s best friend. After all of our suffering and all that was lost, I realized I was blessed. It takes time for people to grasp this concept. Our treasure is the love of God, and the love of our family. Our treasures are not the material possessions that we obtain while alive but life everlasting in Christ Jesus.
After everything that has happened to me and my family, and the help of God changing my perspective on what is valuable and profitable, I was able to understand that I want to be a part of the remnant few. Those who are always faithful and that will always be restored as it is written in Zephaniah 2: 7. No matter what I gain or lose in life does not dictate my true treasures and blessings. Some people learn this lesson after losing everything like me but others do not have to. In the end, it all comes down to you and your perspectives in your current trails. No one can change that for you but you.
This is why I believe this piece of Scripture is stating to be prepared to defend our faith regardless of the trails we may be facing. It is a daily reminder for every believer that they have been changed. They are no longer where they were. It is also a reminder that God gave them the strength to endure every hardship until today. He will also do the same for our current hardships. As we understand this blessing, our faith can continue to grow and stay grounded. So please, pick up your cross every day and place it on your back. Remember Jesus’ sacrifice and what He has done in your life. Mediate on this day and let it guide your actions and thoughts, and please be happy to have the opportunity to defend your faith!