1st Peter 1 – Sun – 23-02-19

I am thrilled with the Kansas City Chiefs for defeating the Cincinnati Bengals for the NFL AFC Championship game. As a fan, I love it when my team wins. I’m sure you also love it when your team wins.

I am even happier that the Chiefs defeated the Philadelphia Eagles in the Superbowl. In both games, my team came prepared physically and mentally. Both are important. But mental preparation may be more important. Coaches often remind players to think, to get their heads in the game. Stupid penalties and the lack of concentration are costly when the stakes are high.

The same is true in life. We have to prepare our attitudes for the spiritual battle much like athletes must prepare for the big game. The apostle Peter reminds us about this. After opening his first letter extolling God for our new birth into the living hope of a future inheritance promised and guarded by God, he urges us to do seven things. This week, we’ll examine each of them. 1 Peter 1:13 says, “Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed.” (NIV 1984)

Peter is our spiritual coach telling us “prepare your minds for action.” We must exert ourselves as followers of Jesus. Get your head in the game. React quickly and stay on course following Jesus.

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