"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." [1 Peter 3:15]

Q . Where do we go from here?

A .In the Upper Room (John 13), Jesus shared instructions with his disciples. He noted, you call me teacher and Lord, and rightly so. Then he set an example of service by washing his disciples’ feet. He told them: “Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them” (John 13:17). If you do them. We all want lives of blessing. Jesus tells us how to be blessed: by doing the things he called us to do.

We at Bible Basics have learned much in developing our web site. One thing has repeatedly occurred to us: we are called to do something with our knowledge of the Bible and scripture. We live in a world that needs more of Jesus. His love, compassion, truth, and forgiveness are needed in our lives, marriages, families, communities, churches, nation, and the world. Jesus tells us the blessings that will come when we do what he asks of us. There is joy in doing!

So, consider what you will do as you organize and recall Biblical information. Are you called to be a better follower of Jesus, or to be prepared to share his life in spiritual dialog with others. The Apostle Peter reminds us, “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” (I Peter 3:15b).

For those who are not followers of Jesus, what questions from www.myBibleBasics.com leave in your mind? Are you interested in learning more? Find a local church, community, or friend who is a follower of Jesus. Ask questions, observe the community of those who follow him. Hopefully, they will not disappoint you! Consider answering the call of Jesus, “Come follow me.”

Each of us learns in different ways. How we share Christ’s story and our story is unique and different. We are all different. When learning about something new, try to learn first the other person’s spiritual journey. Listen as others explain their spiritual journeys. Don’t have all the answers; thus be inclusive and learn from others (rather than “exclusive” – as if I’ve got all the answers). Only then have we earned the right to share our journey with people. If we are about changing the outcomes in our families, society and world today, a Christ-centered, spirit-filled dialog is a good starting point. Our greatest hope for www.myBibleBasics is that it will cause people to listen and talk with others about their spiritual journey with Christ and what that can mean for the world around them.

The “bloom where you are planted” is an example and challenge. We are placed in his kingdom at this time with a purpose and a calling. As you review your notes from study of our web site, what are the next steps you are called to prayerfully consider and act upon? Are there threads that you want to better understand the Jesus you have discovered, here? Given who you uniquely are, what systems or approaches is Jesus calling you to use to serve with him? Whatever those things are, let’s, all of us, do them.