Hope Over Hype
“But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense (Greek, apologia) to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear” (I Peter 3:15).
apología (apó, "from" and lógos, "intelligent reasoning") – properly, a well-reasoned reply; a thought-out response to adequately address the issue(s) that is raised.
To argue or debate is not the goal. Why? Because it is possible to win the argument, while at the same time, lose the soul. But rather, as Christian influencers, it needs to be our gracious focus to give well-reasoned replies to those who ask about our faith in Jesus. Therefore, use these narratives to best share the heart behind your Overwear.
1.) You can either take hope in your circumstances or you can allow your circumstances to take hold of you. One way is liberating. The other way is debilitating. "Taking hope" doesn't mean you know Gods plan. "Taking hope" is simply knowing God has a plan and that plan has you. “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11).
2.) Hope always lives on. Hype always dies off. You see, hype may look good, but only hope is backed by God. “Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us” (Romans 5:5).
3.) The hope of heaven is the greatest anchor to the soul that's heavy. You see, with hope, you can always stand up even when the hype of your circumstances are telling you to sit down. Because with hope, heaven's control is greater than earth's pull. “This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil” (Hebrews 6:19).