The idiom “step up to the plate” is derived from the American sport of baseball. Home plate is the beginning position in baseball, designated by a flat marker known as home plate. This is where the mettle of the player is tested. It is where the men are separated from the boys.
The Apostle Peter offered a similar challenge to the early church. It was time to step up and be counted.
1 Peter 3:15
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,
Always be gentle and respectful with people. Be ever prepared to give an educated and honest presentation as to what you believe. It all starts with the heart surrounded and saturated with the love of Christ. It’ll find its opportunity.
Give it some thought and knock it out of the park.