1st Peter 1 – Tue – 23-02-21

Where would you and I be without mothers? They teach an untold number of practical things. They teach us how to make the bed, brush our teeth and fasten our shoes. And that’s usually after we learn to walk, use the bathroom and dress ourselves. Another thing mothers teach is using care when setting down a glass of water. I’m sure you’ve seen a child plop a cup or glass down on the edge of the table, with part of it hanging off. The mother rescues the teetering glass and prompts the child to place it fully onto the table.

Peter does something similar in 1 Peter 1:13, “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)

Instead of using care in setting down a glass, Peter instructs us about where to place our hope. It must be fully on the grace we will receive when Jesus returns. Yes, we have a hope of eternal life that can never perish, spoil or fade, but only if it rests on grace. But why this reminder? Because we face a life filled with trials. If our hope teeters on the edge, then the bumps and bruises of life may send it crashing to the ground. Remember, we’ve been given grace now and we’ll have his grace at his coming.

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