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.
– 1 Peter 1:13
In last Sunday’s teaching time (click here to listen), we thought about the question of what our lives would look like if we were to actually do what Peter suggests. I wonder how that would look for you. What would today be like if you were to set your hope fully, absolutely, with no reservation or backup plan—on the gift you will get when Jesus arrives?
How would it affect you today in the way you feel about life, the way you respond to it’s challenges? How would it affect you in the time you spend in prayer and God’s word… or how you treat people… or what you do with your money? If you fully set your hope, if you absolutely abandoned your self and your dreams… to Jesus.
Peter, the first disciple, tells us to do it. “Prepare your minds for action,” he says, or to put his original Greek more literally, “gird up the loins of your mind.” That expression comes from ancient culture, and it depicts a man gathering the lower length of his robe to “gird” it beneath his belt. He did this to give his legs mobility, to ready himself for activity; so when Peter says to “gird up the loins of your mind,” he’s telling us to ready ourselves for a higher level of effort––of lifting our hope on to Jesus.
So often the placement of our hope is determined by the values we inherit, which create habits we passively fall into, so that the decisions we make about our patterns of life are almost unconscious. But Peter says, do something active! Prepare your mind for action; set your hope fully on the gift coming with Jesus.
With you for Him,
Pastor Daren Redekopp
p.s. Join us this Sunday @ 3pm for our third and final Evangelism Training Session.