Posted by: watchmancurtis | October 29, 2009

Peter’s tips on preparing for the return of Christ

I keep being drawn back to 1 Peter.  I’ve been reading through it the last couple of days and I was surprised to see how much teaching and direction were given on how to live in light of Christ’s return.  I’ve already mentioned 1 Peter 1:13 where he says, “Therefore, prepare your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”  There are three very specific instructions here that we are given. 

  • Prepare your minds for action– My 10 year old son, Caleb, holds his hand up for a hi-five and quite often moves his hand away at the last second, saying “Too slow!”  When he first started doing that he got away with it.  Now however, I have prepared my mind for action and I know to be ready.  My response is much quicker and he is the one who is often surprised.  When we are ready for something our actions are not sluggish and we are not caught off guard.  I’m not exactly sure what all the actions we will need to be prepared for, but I do think that we need to be aware that we will need to do whatever the Lord asks of us and be watching to know his return is near.
  • Keep sober in spirit– The idea here is to be self-controlled and awake.  Someone who is intoxicated or is extremely sleepy has their judgment impaired.  Like the watchman we are to be alert and vigilant.  You certainly do not want to be dependent on a sleepy or drunk watchman.
  • Fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ- I’m still trying to digest this one.  This one is deep for me.  Our entire hope is to be directed towards the second coming of Christ.  According to this we should be thinking about the return of Jesus daily…as much as possible throughout each day.  Yes Jesus bought our freedom at the cross and with His resurrection, but as important as those events are His return is just as important.

Peter goes on to give us even more instruction…and in fact the entire letter is filled with how to live in light of Christ’s return.  There are two more though that I would like to highlight from the first chapter.

  • Be Holy (verses 15-16)- The concept of holiness is something that has been shoved to the back burner of many churches, pulpits, and lives.  We live under grace…so we tend not to stress holiness.  Peter says, “you shall be Holy, For I (God) Am Holy.”  It isn’t a way to earn our way to heaven we can’t.  We can however, learn what holiness really is and try to live it.  We desperately need it.
  • Conduct yourself with fear during the time of your stay on earth (verse 17)- The fear of the Lord is something that has been more than just shoved on the back burner…someone slid this one under the stove.  For the most part I feel we have lost the fear of the Lord in the body of Christ.  Rarely do you hear a teaching on it.  I think a big part of it is that we don’t understand it.  We think of fear as cowering in the corner from an abusive parent.  God isn’t like that.  We do, however, need to be so dependent on Him that we are afraid of what will happen if we wander away and don’t have His protection.  There are so many things the Bible says about the fear of the Lord.  Few people know that “the fear of the Lord is the beginning of Knowledge/wisdom.” (Proverbs 1:7) or that “The reward of humility and the fear of the Lord are riches, honor and life.” (Proverbs 22:4).  Sounds like it is something we need to reclaim in the body of Christ and it is something that  I personally feel called to try to bring back in the area of influence that I have.

The whole book of 1 Peter is fascinating and one filled with tips for living for the second coming.  May we heed the Lord’s words written through Peter and apply them as His coming draws closer.

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Responses

  1. I have read, but never considered what I Peter 1:13 really means, especially in regard to “Fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ”. That is something to really chew on. Hmmm.


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