Tony The Tiger And The Gospel

Erin Davis 11/19/12
Category: Myself ; 24 comments

I was seven years old the day Tony the Tiger showed up at my front door.

knockingAfter hearing the doorbell, I opened the door to find him standing on our stoop in the flesh (er, I mean in the fur). He was there to remind us that his Frosted Flakes were GRRRREAT and to offer us the chance to win a brand spankin' new bicycle with black and orange tiger stripes.

You should know that I thought Frosted Flakes were a food group as a kid. We always had a box on hand. But when my mom scoured the kitchen, she came up short. Even a quick dig through the trash resulted in no love. Tony the Tiger rode away into the sunset with my brand-new bike. I later heard that the kid down the street smiled for the camera with his box of frosted flakes and his brand-new tiger striped bike.

Tony may not have given me a bike, but he did teach me a lesson—always be ready to give an answer. It's an important lesson, but not very original.

First Peter 3:15 says, "But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect."

As Christians, the Bible urges us to always be prepared to give an answer for our hope. That answer is simple—it's Jesus. He is the reason for our hope. But why? Why do we put our hope in Him? How has hope in Him changed us? Why should others put their trust in Him?

Notice the Bible doesn't ask us to memorize 100 verses. It doesn't tell us that we have to be able to answer every question about God. It tells us to always be ready to share why we have hope.

When we are unprepared, we risk more than a new bicycle. We risk missed opportunities to share the gospel with those who desperately need to hear it.

So allow me to play the part of Tony the Tiger today and knock on your door for a moment. I don't need you to produce a box of Frosted Flakes; I simply want to know "What is the source of your hope?" Another way to say it is, "What has Jesus done for you?"

All you have to do is tell what God has done for you. The fancy word for that is a testimony, but it's just a story of how Jesus has given you hope.

Why not start now? Leave me a comment below about what God has done for you. Sure, many of us on this blog already know Him, but that just means that this is a safe place to fine tune your answer so that you'll be ready the next time the opportunity to spread hope comes knocking.

Ready. Set. Tell.

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    twinklybear
    transformed my heart.
    on Monday, November 19, 2012 at 4:17 pm
    For the past two months or so, God has really changed my heart. I used to think that well I'm a good Christian, im kind, i obey authority (which I was even wrong about ha! still learning), i don't do drugs, I'm not going to date just yet, I've read every book about purity and how you should live a godly life etc, until when I really started messing up God showed me that my heart was somewhere else. He showed me that I had given certain parts of my heart somewhere else and that he didn't have my heart, which is what he dearly wanted. So in short, Jesus has really taught me that being a 'good Christan' isn't enough and it means absolutely nothing if my heart is somewhere else. He could careless if i followed every single one of the "rules" in the Bible; as long as my heart wasn't with him and for him above everything else then it means absolutely nothing. He hates legalism (ask the Pharisees). He is a saviour that didn't die just so I can spend the rest of my life trying to please him; but he died because he wants to have a relationship with me above everything else. It is as though I'm starting all over again with him. I knew about him, but now I'm starting to know him. :)
    Blue
    Re:
    on Monday, November 19, 2012 at 4:52 pm
    It's frustrating trying to explain to my family about Jesus since I can't tell them about how awful I was before being saved and how Jesus changed me, especially bc my family just doesn't understand the gospel. It seems like they don't want to either. They insist that all "good" people go to heaven and that I'm wrong in that none of us are good enough. I know they think I'm stupid and impressionable, so I don't speak to them often about my faith bc I hate the way I feel when they're all against me.. I think I need to be more courageous and speak up though bc I don't know if I can bear the heartbreak if my family isn't with me in heaven forever =_(

    I'm glad this is the post for today bc it's just what I was thinking about earlier- What if a discussion about Jesus comes up on Thanksgiving like it sometimes does at our gatherings? I always think that when its my chance to share the gospel, I say everything wrong and I miss saying this or that, and I feel bad afterwards. I need to have a better defense when my family is asking me a million questions that I can't answer about God. Please say a prayer for me bc I am nervous! I'm sure ill have to share with my family soon.
    Tabby
    Re:
    on Monday, November 19, 2012 at 5:00 pm
    I used to not really care about God or others at all. I was so selfish. I was also unhealthy, physicaly, mentally, and emotionally. I hated going to church or any church-related activities, and most of all I hated people. I was in a very stressful, scary, and even harmful life situation at the time, from the time I was about 7 until just a couple years ago. I was never sure I believed in God, and if I did I thought He was just as evil as everyone else.

    Eventually, God gave me the courage I needed to do something to get myself out of that situation even though it was extremely hard. After months and months of divorce and such (which was a huge blessing), we ended up moving. I was so bitter. I had attitude with family and still hated going to church.

    God works in mysterious ways sometimes, and in my case part of my healing came when I got an mp3 player for Christmas. I started looking through radio stations and eventually found a great Christian radio station. Songs would come on that just brought me to tears and then sermons would come on later that spoke to my heart. I feel like I grew so close to God during that time.

    That's not the only thing God has blessed me with. He has also blessed me very deeply and greatly with a loving church family and friends. I'm not even kidding. Ever since I started going to church here I've loved it because of how loving the church is. Now I literally can't get enough of church and youth activities. I love spending time with all my friends. We can all tell each other things and count on one another and just have fun! I never knew what that was like until we moved and God began healing me. While I'm speaking of my church family, I would also like to point out how God has blessed me with a youth pastor who is like the father I've never had. He even treats me like a daughter and I know he cares about me and would never hurt me.

    Another big thing God has done for me (and might still be doing, I hope) is getting me to a godly counseler. We have met a couple times and she's already helped me so much with my mental and emotional issues. We havn't seen each other in a while, but I really hope we do soon.

    Over the course of only a year or two, God has done so much healing in my life and has blessed me in so many ways.
    Miriam
    Tabby
    on Monday, November 19, 2012 at 5:30 pm
    Im so glad everything is working out for you god really has a mysterious way of doing things , i guess i do still feel bitter selfish i dislike most people and just how you felt but i pray to go god to help me and with like you and me
    kiana campbell
    hi
    on Monday, November 19, 2012 at 5:52 pm
    i am glad everything is working i am new to this so please if u guys could just help me
    Anonymous
    The Hope That I Have in Jesus
    on Monday, November 19, 2012 at 6:06 pm
    The hope that I have in Jesus, is that through his dying on a cross for me, I can actually know God without being condemned. That I will see more and more, the beauty of his holiness, that I will desire to be more like him because he is so beautiful, and that he will change me to be more like him. I know that God has changed my heart to believe in Jesus for the forgiveness of my sins. Another thing that God has done for me, and always will, is being patient with me. I fall and mess up so many times...but even through that he still loves me, and will continue to work in me.
    Brittany
    Re:
    on Monday, November 19, 2012 at 6:10 pm
    Jesus had done alot for me. I'm blessed for it.
    Tabby
    @kiana
    on Monday, November 19, 2012 at 6:22 pm
    What do you need help with? I'm sure we could help.
    Shelly
    Thank you Jesus.
    on Monday, November 19, 2012 at 7:06 pm
    Jesus Christ is my Lord and my Saviour, he is my Strength, my Mother, Father and Friend. He has changed my life completely and given me life more abundantly. A life filled with peace and rest. I never felt as if I had a family but when I came into Christ, his church accepted me as there own. Thank God for them! I never knew what love really was until I found Jesus. I can now spread love to my own family who neglected me, to friends and to people who are in need of love. The holy spirit lives in me and guides me and so I can now make better choices. I am definitely complete in Christ! I'm the righteousness of God through Christ.
    monica
    Re:
    on Monday, November 19, 2012 at 10:30 pm
    Jesus Christ is my whole life, whatever I do, even if I forget initially I always get pulled back to whats most important. I love how whatever happens, no matter how depressed or sad you feel, you always know there is something to fall back on, Someone to talk to, Someone who is gonna make everything work out for your good, even if its not always the way you want it. I spent most of my childhood and teen years thinking I had to be good to get to heaven, everyday I would fail and after a while I got to a point where I didnt care anymore, because I could be a good person. And then when it finally became clear to me that what I did wasnt gonna keep me away from heaven or get me there any faster. Its so much better to be able to believe that Jesus died for my sin, and when I fail I just have to ask forgiveness and try again, but no matter what He still loves me. I used to think I could be a christian without going to church, but then I got to a point where I felt like I was stuck in the same spot and dead inside. So I started looking for a church, have been going to and involved in the same church now for the past year and now I know how important it is. Girls, you might feel at first like its not benefitting you, but keep going and you will get into it, also get involved, that really helps to take your mind off yourself and that in turn gets rid of soooo many problems :)
    Janice
    His Amazing Grace (praying for u Blue)
    on Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 12:48 am
    I will be praying to you Blue, I know how it feels like when people are against you. But ask the Holy Spirit to give you wisdom. When we don't know why to say, the Holy Spirit will speak through us! Which gives Him all the glory. But stay strong and don't give up!

    God has been so amazingly graceful to me. If he didnt step into my life, I would not be here because I would see my life as worthless. But even as a Christian, his grace and mercies unfolds even more. I used to be really suicidal because I had such shame and just felt absolutely dirty and sinful. I was so fearful of men too, so scared of what they thought of me.
    So once, during this Christian conference I broke down because I felt my sin and imperfections were impossible to take away. So I wanted to run away, but God sent these two brother and sister of mine to stop me from doing so. They wept and cried with me, but I was still feeling so dirty. Then these two strangers came! They prayed for me and told me that Jesus had wiped my sins from east to west and that I could be as white as snow. At first, voices inside my head told me that was impossible. But then, slowly I felt that chains were falling off my shoulders and my burdens just disappeared. There was a rush of love that filled my heart and I felt joy like I've never before.
    God told me that in his eyes, I was precious and that no sin could ever separate His love from me. Also I experienced him making me a new creation. He gave me hope even when I was at the depths of the valley and I truly experienced a miracle. If it wasn't for Him, I would not be here! Praise God, he is just so amazing!!!
    Elaine
    great post but question???
    on Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 7:27 am
    I have thought about this a ton for the past few months. I missed two chances to win people to Christ when they litterally opened to door but I was too scared to share, or I didn't know what to say. I felt terrible afterwards!
    But, I have a question. Would there be a difference in some instances where you shouldn't really tell your own testimony, you should just skip over that and focus purely on what the Bible says about getting saved? Like if someone asks you why your different I'm not sure in my circumstance I should intail into my testimony, (which by the way is way too long to post here). I should just give a short answer, "Because Jesus Christ in now why I live," and then go into the story of how Jesus gave his life for us. I don't know, I haven't totally figured this out. If someone has any suggestions that would be great!
    Alyssa
    My hope
    on Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 12:58 pm
    My source of hope is Jesus! Jesus has done soooo much for me! He died on the cross for my sins so that I may be forgiven and have eternal life in Heaven forever with Him when I die! He put certain people in my life a few years ago in order to lead me to a website, which God used to get me to become saved. He has rescued me and helped me when I needed it and asked for it. He has blessed me and loved me unconditionally! He always answers my prayers in some way, and even if He doesn't answer them the way I want to be answered, His answer is always better! Thank You, Jesus, for everything You have done for me!
    Lorree, with the LYWB team
    @ Kiana Campbell
    on Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 1:59 pm
    I’m so glad you have joined us, Kiana! You will find this a safe place to ask your questions and find godly help. We look forward to getting to know you better. If you have questions, you can put them in a comment.
    Abigail
    Healedf my heart
    on Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 9:09 pm
    I thank God because there was a time in my life were my 3 best friends at church abandoned me. It really broke my heart and I felt lonely and helpless. But God used that time to reveal himself to me. He put someone on my path to help me get closer to him. But what's great about it it's that not long ago I was thinking about this situation and I realize that I CAN'T recall the pain I felt. God's work in me erased all the hurt I had. In my mind I know that I was hurt, but in my soul, I CAN'T remember the pain. I remember I the nights that I fell asleep crying. I also remember all the days that I would hang out by myself at church. But I just can't remember how it felt. It's like God made a way for me to be healed in a way that I can still testify his wonders without being hurt. So I'm so grateful and thankful!
    Blue
    Re:
    on Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 7:42 pm
    Could someone say a prayer for me? I have a feeling that I'm going to have to talk about God with my family tomorrow at dinner, and I'm really nervous =((( For the past few days this sort of thing keeps coming up, to give a reason for the hope I have. I'm so nervous =(((( I hope I say all the right things. I feel so unprepared, like always, and whenever I talk about Jesus to the family, afterward I always feel like I said the wrong things or I didn't say enough, and I feel guilty. Please say a prayer, just in case this conversation comes up during dinner. Thank you
    josephina
    Knowing The Bible
    on Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 11:15 pm
    It's easy to know a fact. It's much more difficult to explain the reasoning behind it. I have never been one to tell others about God's word but I have been open about it the last couple years. People will ask me questions about my practices and beliefs and I need to be ready and there's no other way but to study The Bible and learn what it says, and of course practice and do what it says which prompts people's interest to ask. I have a friend who was not raised Christian but because he was around someone who lead a Christian life all the time, my friend was influenced by him and he couldn't have had that affect without consistently living a Christian life. Our Christian influence is the most powerful thing we have and we must be ready to defend it and answer questions when they follow.
    Sarah, with the LYWB team
    @Blue...
    on Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 11:41 pm
    Praying even now that God will give you opportunity to speak to your family and give reason for the hope you have. God bless you; may your Thanksgiving Day be blessed in every way!
    jesca
    Thanks
    on Monday, November 26, 2012 at 1:01 am
    Have always wanted to read a lot in this context, but that is a good message, i hope i can put it into practice...
    RES
    Twinklybear
    on Friday, December 7, 2012 at 11:10 pm
    Oh my gosh that's exactly what God's doing in my life too!! I was saved a couple months ago, and God has shown me that I NEED to change.
    Carrie, with the LYWB team
    @RES
    on Tuesday, December 11, 2012 at 11:10 am
    Welcome to the family of God, RES! There is nothing more important than being in a right relationship with God!

    If you’d like to contact us at info@reviveourhearts.com we’ll send you a copy of Lies Young Women Believe to help you grow in your relationship with Jesus.
    Christine
    I try
    on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 1:27 am
    I have an Instagram and I try to help people that are self hammers but I always seem to make thigs worse. I try listening then encouraging them to do whatever they can to stop. But no matter what I do it always ends up in them getting more upset. This happened twice to me and idk if God is trying to talk to me or what is happening but it seems like everything I do just makes it worse. :( I can't tell this to any of my friends or they wood make fun of me and if I tell me parents then I would get lectured. I need advice on what to do. Please.
    Sarah, with the LYWB team
    @Christine...
    on Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 12:04 pm
    Tell your parents! Take the lecture--you might need the instruction they give! Humble yourself and do what is right. If you are doing something your parents wouldn't approve of, then you should stop! It's not worth it--God doesn't want you to help others at the expense of having to hide something from your parents! He will use another way to help the others. Talk to the Lord about it today--spend time asking Him for His direction. I have paused to pray for you this day.
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