With Minds Fully Alert and Sober – 1 Peter 1:13

Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming.

1 Peter 1:13 NIV

In the passage preceding this verse, Peter had been talking about our hope; our salvation and inheritance. A hope that the Old Testament prophets, who originally proclaimed it, could not fully understand. And a hope that was a mystery to the angels of heaven. But now, these things have been revealed to us who have the indwelling Holy Spirit.

So, Peter tells us, we should set our hope on the grace to be given us when Christ returns and is revealed. Today, we have the promise of salvation. A salvation that we will only fully experience when Jesus returns for us. But for now, it is a hope. Not a wish. But an earnest expectation. A hope that should impact every moment of our lives.

Hope With Our Minds

Often it seems that we hope with our hearts, our emotions. So it may seem strange to hear Peter tell us to hope with our minds. But that is really significant. We need to think through our salvation and the hope that we have. All too often we really invest little time in seriously seeking to understand that God has done, and is doing, in this world.

But we are to hope with minds that are alert and fully sober. Think clearly and deeply about your salvation and all that is involved in it. Don’t be content with a surface level understanding; leaving the deep thinking to the professionals. Don’t just read the Scriptures. Meditate on them. Allow them to nourish your heart and mind. It is not too hard; we are not on our own. The Holy Spirit stands ready to help us.

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