Devotional Thoughts for Today
1 Peter 1:13-21
Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 14 As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, 15 but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, 16 since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.” 17 And if you call on him as Father who judges impartially according to each one’s deeds, conduct yourselves with fear throughout the time of your exile, 18 knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot. 20 He was foreknown before the foundation of the world but was made manifest in the last times for the sake of you 21 y who through him are believers in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.
Summer is finally here, and there are probably some of us who are hoping to shed some winter weight and become more healthy and fit. There are many ways to get there. One option is to go on a crash diet, where we restrict ourselves of food, and exercise without proper nutrition. But most of us may already know this option is neither sustainable nor even healthy. The other option is to start a lifestyle change and adopt better eating and exercise habits. This results in improved health and fitness. The resolve to become healthier, or grow in any aspect of our lives, is great. However, we see here that it’s important not only to want to grow, but also to know the right way to do it.
In our passage today, Peter makes it clear that believers should not be conformed to the passions of our former lives, but to our new life in Jesus Christ (v.14). He calls us to be holy as He who has called us is holy (v.16). How do we do so? Peter instructs us to prepare our minds for action, be sober-minded, and set our hope fully on the coming grace and glory of Jesus Christ. We are to acknowledge and fear God, knowing that He ransomed us with the greatest cost—the precious blood of Jesus Christ. It’s awesome that we want to grow in faith and holiness, and maybe some of us are taking next steps to do so. However, let’s remember that the power lies not in what we can do, but to who are our eyes and hearts set on.
In our pursuit of spiritual growth, it’s easy to get caught up in less important measures. Do I sound like I know what I’m doing more as a Family Group leader? Have I finally stopped sinning in this way? Does my Instagram make me seem holy? Instead, let’s ask ourselves this: Are my eyes fixed on the coming hope and glory of Jesus Christ? Do I know that no matter what happens that I have been ransomed with the blood of Christ? Is my greatest hope not in this world, but in the coming Kingdom of God?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, help us to see where You are growing us in faith and holiness in our current season of life. Thank You that as we fix our eyes on You and Your promises, You fill us with faith and transform us. Help us to walk through this day in confidence of that. Amen.
Bible Reading for Today: Ezekiel 30