Service Over Status
“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.) Jesus said that true greatness is discovered in our selfless service, not our title or status. In other words, when we serve others with no expectation of reward, we are actually making a way for them to possibly see the Lord. Therefore, selfless service is one of the best ways to introduce others to Jesus. “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45).
2.) The measure of greatness is not position, power, or prestige, it's service. You see, greatness is seen clearest when we serve those who can do nothing for us. Ultimately, service means touching a heart instead of asking for a hand. "But whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant....just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve" (Matthew 20:26-28).
3.) The world defines greatness with numbers and the question—how many people serve you? But the Lord defines greatness with the word humble—which lends the question, “how can I serve you?” “As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God” (I Peter 4:10).