1 Peter 1:13
Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
The idea in this phrase “of preparing for action” is much like our phrase “rolling up your sleeves.” God is calling us to roll up our sleeves and get to work on the most important thing in life – our faith, our relationship with him.
Two thoughts from 1 Peter 1:13
1. Prepare you mind for action. Be Sober.
This means to take a serious look at life. There must come a time in the life of every person when he or she must ask the hard or most important questions in life. What am I doing with my life? Where will I go if I were to die today? What is the meaning of all of this, God, Jesus, this world, church, suffering, my faith and christian life etc…? Am I on the right track? Am I sober? Am I right with God – am I growing as I should – is there any room for improvement?
Being sober helps us to ask those questions. If there is any time this aspect of the Christian life more critical and useful it is now. So roll up your sleeves and take action by asking the tough questions. 2 cor. 13:5
2. Set your hope fully upon grace.
What is grace? Grace is the unmerited love of God. It is God stooping to save and bless. He is the source of all gifts which come from his infinite heart. Grace isn’t just for the past, when we first gave our lives to Jesus. It isn’t only for the present, where we live each
moment standing in His grace (Romans 5:2).
Grace is also for the future. God has only just begun to show us the riches of His grace! This passage is a call to rest our hope fully upon his grace that will soon be revealed. The only way we will be able to stand before Jesus on that day
is because of the unmerited favor He gives and will give to us. Hebrews 12:1, 2
Roll up your sleeves it is time to partner with God for growth, maturity and effective christian service.
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