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.
1 Peter 1:13 NIV
Peter is talking about being an active believer. He wants believers to be ready when Jesus comes again. He wants everyone to be alert and full of hope and living as they should for Jesus.
He says prepare your minds for action; prepare to be able to deal with all that this life will throw your way. Be ready to give a defense of your faith, be ready to help where needed, be ready to show Jesus to those around you.
Peter said that we should be self-controlled. That means it our responsibility to live as we ought to. Self-control literally means control of self. We cannot let outside influences guide us in how we should behave as christians, we need to take control of that. We need to know for ourselves what is appropriate for us and live it out.
He also said we should set our hope fully on the grace we will receive when Jesus comes again. He wants us to remember the great and glorious gift we will receive when Jesus returns, eternity with God.
Peter wants his readers to live in the hope of Jesus return and the inheritance of eternal life that has been promised to us.
These words of Peter can be a great encouragement for us if we take them to heart. We need to make up our minds to be ready for action, self controlled and hoping for our eternal reward. When we do this we will be living as we need to.
© 2012 Leo J. Woodman