READ : 1 Peter 1:10-16
“Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully on
the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed.” (v. 13 NIV)
When there is a “therefore,” it’s good to ask what it’s there for. Here the “therefore”
is there to remind us that this command for holiness is grounded in all that Peter has
said so far, things so amazing that “even angels long to look into these things” (v. 12).
Imagine angels astonished as they see what God’s been up to with us earthlings.
Holy living is empowered by God’s great mercy toward us. Without this grace fueling our
hearts and minds, the Christian life degenerates into a list of do’s and don’ts. But
without personal holiness, the gospel degenerates into mere words, losing all
We are to prepare our minds for action. This literally calls us to roll up our mental
sleeves, to be sure that we keep the main thing the main thing. Holiness also sets our
faces toward the coming glory; we’re not to be sidelined by prosperity, self-satisfaction,
or disappointments so that we lose the desire to live for God. “Be self-controlled,” Peter
tells us. Even the simple passing of time can weaken our devotion to our high calling and
nudge us toward living “for . . . treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and
where thieves break in and steal” (Matt. 6:19 NRSV). Be on guard!
Lord Jesus, may we live our lives each day in a manner worthy of the gospel. Amen.