I’m reading 1 Peter in my morning devotional time. I suppose I always read a little deeper than merely devotionally, but my focus is on what the scripture is saying to us and how we should respond. I guess you would call it a kind of theological reading.
This morning I was reading chapter 1 verses 13-16. Like every part of this little letter, it is packed with more than you expect. Chock full o nuts.
13 Therefore prepare your minds for action; discipline yourselves; set all your hope on the grace that Jesus Christ will bring you when he is revealed. 14 Like obedient children, do not be conformed to the desires that you formerly had in ignorance. 15 Instead, as he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in all your conduct; 16 for it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”
The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version (Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1989), 1 Pe 1:13–16.
Some of my thoughts:
- These are marching orders. Nothing theoretical here. God has given his grace freely, but grace brings with it obligations. God is building a new world and he wants our help. We are not to be bystanders, but active participants, partners even.
- We are to be ready for action. Not sitting on our hands, waiting. Pull your skirts up and be ready to go at any time.
- We are to be disciplined. Sober minded. We need to be more serious about this stuff. Serving Jesus is not a sideline. It’s the main thing. Not even church obligations can get in the way of it. We have a serious job to do.
- Our hope is in Christ. There is no hope in politics, only a mud puddle. There is no hope in humanity without God. “Set all your hope on the grace that Jesus will bring you when he is revealed.”
- We are to be obedient like good children. Our Father knows what he is doing. Our Elder Brother is our great example. Those who follow Jesus do what he says.
- Don’t conform to your prechristian comfort zone. Be what you are. You are a servant of Jesus. Stick with it, no matter what. There are no vacation days, no sick days.
- We are to be holy in our conduct. When God says, “Be holy, for I am holy” I get plenty scared and think I can’t do that. But I think that what God means is that I should live the way he wants me to live. He knows my weakness and my limits. He ought to; he’s been carrying them for many years. But he has a rather strict code of conduct. I am on duty all the time. I am to be holy when I’m working, when I’m spending time with my family, when I’m in church, when I’m in the grocery store. Be holy; live in a godly way. All the time. All. The. Time.
It’s all about our status with God. We are in a covenant with him. Pretty exciting, huh?