“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.”
(1 Peter 1:13, ESV)
Scripture warns us to be alert and watchful. We live in a spiritual war zone and battle a strong adversary.
“Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” (1 Peter 5:8, ESV)
The chief CONSUMERLATOR is out to steal, destroy, and kill our efforts to convert the perishable into the imperishable values of heaven.
The Lord can return at any moment. He tells us to be watchful and waiting. We need to heed these words from Ephesians:
“…for anything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says, ‘Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.’” (Ephesians 5:14, ESV)
Christ needs to shine on our efforts if we are to experience his blessing. We also want to avoid losing what we have gained in our work for the Lord:
“Watch yourselves, so that you may not lose what we have worked for, but may win a full reward.”
(2 John 8, ESV)
We want to be sober-minded so we can see clearly. We also want to be sensitive to the leadings of the Lord. He reveals his will for us if we are alert to the “signals” he gives us along the way. As we set our hope fully on his grace, he can and will reveal more of himself to us.
Today, ask yourself:
Is my heart set on the Lord and his intended revelations for me, or is my heart set on something else?