“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]
Two of the things I enjoy most in the world are a good meal and Michigan State football. I love them both! However, I prepare for them differently. If I’m going to a high-class restaurant, I take a shower, dress nicely, and settle in for a calm evening of great food. If I’m going to a Spartans football game, I put on a sweatshirt and jeans, I might take a shower, and I drink tea with honey so my throat will survive the screaming.
Whatever I am doing later affects what I’m doing right now. In verse 13, the Apostle Peter asks readers the same thing, “What are you doing later?” Then he answers his own question—you’re going to meet Jesus!
If you know where you are going, it should affect how you are living. For those who believe in Jesus, this means living a life of hope in his appearing. We aren’t swayed by fads or shifting moralities. We’re sober-minded, fixed on the day of His return. The hope we have, by God’s grace, is set increasingly upon that day.
God, it is tempting to live for the next fashion, the next device, the next event. It is tempting to be overwhelmed by a culture of criticism, cancellation, and judgment. It is easy and tempting to be distracted from meeting you some day. Make your grace and love beautiful to me today that I might set my hope fully upon your coming. Amen.
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