1 Peter 1:13 Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;
Last time we heard Peter’s call “it is time to get to work”. We discussed what our mindset and demeanor should be while working for our Lord. It is time now to see the big picture.
Verse 13b – A Continuing Action
Peter told us first to be calm and temperate; “hoping to the end” is a tool we use to keep calm. Think about it; if we are struck with bad news then “hope to the end” is one of our defenses. Let’s look at an example: Suppose you are not feeling well and you go for some tests. The test results are taking forever to come back and you are concerned. You now have a choice to make? Will you worry yourself to death allowing the uncertainty to affect your sleep and/or your attitude? If that describes you then know that this is how many people react. During times of uncertainty many will fear the worst. The Bible is offering us a better way. How about a prayer like this…”Father, you know I haven’t felt well and the doctors have run some tests. I don’t know what is wrong or how long I am going to have to wait for the results but I believe that you are on the throne and in control. Give the doctors wisdom to find the reason why I am sick and help me to be patient while they do.” A prayer like this puts your hope and trust in God. If we continue to pray this prayer until the end of the crisis we will have a better chance to remain calm.
The Lord’s Return
Earlier in the lesson we did a word study on the word “sober” but I have one more word I want to highlight: there is a word in this verse that we would normally skip over. In this case the addition of the word makes for a powerful statement. As you know the latter part of the verse refers to Christ’s return. The word is “at”. Sounds a bit odd I know but it is a powerful word to insert. “At” in the Greek, used in this way, means a fixed point in time. Jesus is coming again; we do not know when that will happen, only God knows, but the timetable is set. As a result of us not knowing we tend to not think about it much. Even though we don’t know when the return of Jesus will be it is fixed in time; he is coming again and when he does, we are going home.
Are we focused on seeing souls saved? Do we guard against mood swings? Are we using that hope in Christ to sustain us as we wait for His coming? It’s time to go to work!