1 Peter 3:15
But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:
In today’s world of hopeless evil and darkness on all sides, with every man seemingly concerned with nothing but their own immediate satisfaction and gain, I am commanded to always be ready to give an answer of hope. How do we accomplish such a feat as to always be ready to give an answer of hope?
We can always give an answer of hope instead of an answer of negativity and defeat if we sanctify the Lord God in our hearts.
Now the Lord God is not unsanctified or dirty so that I need to clean Him up. Rather what the Bible is saying, is that I need to sanctify the Lord in my own eyes so that I see the Lord God for what He really is. It can be hard for a Christian to admit, but we can sometimes have a mean opinion of the Lord God. We may be too spiritually proud to voice it out loud, but at times we can feel the Lord God is unjust in how He is treating us and in how He is handling the situation we find ourselves in.
To sanctify means to separate from profane things and to dedicate to God. So if I am to sanctify the Lord God in my heart that means I am to separate Him from the mistrust, doubt, anger, unforgiveness and hopelessness that lurks in the recesses of my heart. Why would I ask the Lord to join Himself to the things in my heart that are still unlike Him. We are to sanctify Him by proclaiming that He is just, righteous, pure and undefiled and the hopelessness, discouragement and despondency I sometimes feel, are not from the Lord.
When I live in a state of constantly sanctifying the Lord in my own eyes, it is a simple thing to give an answer of hope, when someone asks me how I am able to be so positive in the middle of such negativity.
We have received an answer of hope, called the Lord Jesus Christ living in our heart, and we need to give an answer of hope, when asked by any person how we are able to live so positive in such a negative world.