May 05, 2005

Preparing Your Minds for Action

“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. As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.” 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, knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot.

He was foreknown before the foundation of the world but was made manifest in the last times for your sake, 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.”

1 Peter 1:12-21

... preparing your minds for action ...
... being sober-minded ...
... set your hope fully ...
... do not be conformed to the passions ...
... be holy in all your conduct ...

Does this sound like us modern Christians? Do we follow this advice? Do we prepare our minds for the action of defending our faith, and living it out? Are we well reasoned and sober-minded? Do we set our hope in God, or only our 'blind faith'? Are we conformed to the passions of the world? Are we holy in all our conduct --- even toward sinners? Sadly, I don't think we are.

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