Scripture for Today: I Peter 3:15 “But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.”
Sometimes, even in death, a clam will not open up! The advice is to refrain from eating any clam that does not open during the steaming process. That adductor muscle is awfully strong, holding the two shell halves together. This is how they protect themselves from their predators; the fish, eel, snail or starfish. The expression, “to clam up” comes from the idea of a clam shutting down at the approach of danger.
Today’s verse encourages the believer to open up to others about the hope that is in them. Part of revering Christ as Lord is being willing and prepared to answer questions from others about our faith. Rather than “clamming up,” we are to be vulnerable and transparent with people that are interested. There is always the danger of being misunderstood or even rejected. But as long as communication is done with gentleness and respect for the viewpoint of the listener, than God is glorified.
When I speak to others of Christ, there is always the potential to encounter hostility, even with those who ask. Dealing with hostile reactions requires His wisdom which is pure, peaceable and gentle(James 3:17). I am told to “speak the truth in love” (Ephesians 4:15). I am also told to bless others when I am reviled and mocked (I Corinthians 4:12). But what I do not want to do is clam up, just because I may be ridiculed. I want to be bold, to declare out loud the very best thing that has ever happened to me…His love and salvation!
Lord, help me to be open about my faith today!