The narrative of our lives (I Peter 1)

13 Therefore, preparing your minds for action,[b] and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. I Peter 1:13

Things just seem to have a way of turning our own plans upside down.  For example, you plan to take the day off to do the things you have been putting off.  But something comes up or suddenly you are needed in a different place. You can fill in the blank of the things you would do if you had a day off.  You understand where I am coming from.

The question is, how do you and I respond when things come up?  How we respond can be crucial to those around us. Peter writes to encourage elected Christ-followers to walk as obedient children through the things that happen to mess up our days off.

There are so many themes in this amazing book.  In particular we see Christ who died on the cross as our ransom.  We see Christ who was raised from the dead so that we could be raised from the dead.

The theme that stuck deeply in my heart this day was the theme of various trials (1:6-8).  Trials take on many shapes and they each demand our attention.  Peter writes that each of these trials prove the genuineness of our faith.  There are three observations that I want to make from the text:

  • The cross of Christ gives us insight to our battles.  1:13 “We have to be ready for action every moment of the day.”
  • The cross of Christ gives us confidence concerning the final outcome.  We have full hope.
  • The cross of Christ gives us our Standard Operating Procedures.  We are to walk in obedience as holy servants of the Lord.   As we do this we learn to cherish every person.  We no longer look at them as interruptions in our lives. They are our opportunity to serve the Lord.

Here was my prayer after reading chapter 1, “Father, I not only accept Your change of plans, I stand ready to carry them out as one who is honored to do so.”

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