Rolling Up your sleeves


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 “of preparing for action” is much like the 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. 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 is 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 and favor of God. It is God coming down 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 can stand before Jesus on that day is through His unmerited favor. Hebrews 12:1, 2

 Roll up your sleeves it is time to partner with God for growth, maturity and effective christian service.

Photo credit: Carlos Lobato

4 responses to “Rolling Up your sleeves

  1. We must always remember that in our daily walk, it is about preparing for the kingdom. Nothing is more important and nothing should get in the way of that. How will we receive our crown if we never prepare for it? Two great thoughts my brother, and well stated. Thank you for sharing and may the Lord continue to bless you in your daily walk. You are doing some great work here in your ministry. I really enjoy my spiritual meals with you.

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    • 1 cor. 15:18 “If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are [the] most miserable of all men.”

      Pastor, the most miserable people I have ever seen are those who trust in Jesus only for this life. They live for temporary things: What they eat, what they wear, what they drive, where they live. They are earthly minded. But the Bible calls us to be heavenly minded. Thank you for all your prayers and encouragement. Stay blessed and see you on your blog!

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