If you are like most Christians, you didn’t go through a long reasoning process before believing on Jesus. You heard the good news and realized you were a sinner and needed God’s forgiveness. You understood that when Jesus died on the cross He took the punishment you deserved. You believed that He rose from the dead, and you placed your trust in Him. This simple act of faith gave you inner peace and brought you into a personal relationship with God.

Let’s suppose, however, that a well-educated skeptic challenges you to present solid historical evidence for the truthfulness of the Gospels. Though some Christians can skillfully defend their faith, you might not be one of them. Does this mean you believe without reason and your faith is just wishful thinking? Not at all! You believe because God showed you your need and His provision for it. That’s reason enough! And the peace you have comes from the Holy Spirit (Rom. 8:16-17).

Study so that you can give reasons for believing in Christ. But don’t worry if you don’t have all the answers. The God who helped timid Timothy be a good soldier for Him (2 Tim. 1:7; 2:1-4) can use you too. Thank God for enabling you to believe. Then tell others what He has done for you.