Therefore, with your minds ready for action, be sober-minded and set your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. (1 Peter 1:13)
Pastor John’s Notes:
The hope God gives us requires our responsiveness. In fact, every spiritual gift that God gives in some way requires our participation. Before we ever set our hope in Christ, we learned to set our hope in the things of this world. With God’s gift of living hope, we must now retrain ourselves to think and act differently.
Worldly promises still abound, which is why we must prepare our minds for action. When we embrace the hope that is in Christ, we are equipped to face the challenges of this world unafraid. Also, we must be cautious not to be double-minded, hoping in Christ when we need to, but reverting to setting our hope in worldly things at other times. Jesus requires our full devotion.
Lord Jesus Christ, let my hope rest fully in you. Let me trust no longer in the things of this world, but set my hope completely on the grace you offer me. Let this living hope empower me to face the world fully equipped to overcome all trials.