1 Peter 1:13
In First Peter, Peter is writing to those people who are living as foreigners in other lands. In verses 1 to 12 Peter encourages their genuine and growing faith, their hope for eternal life, their protection and joy received from God and their priceless inheritance waiting for them in heaven knowing the salvation they have through Jesus Christ. He transitions into verse 13 with a “so” in the NLT or a “therefore” in the NIV translation. “So prepare your minds for action and exercise self-control. Put all your hope in the gracious salvation that will come to you when Jesus Christ is revealed to the world”. I Peter 1:13 (NLT). This verse transitions to encouraging them to continue in His path in spite of being surrounded by unbelievers. By their example of growing, we should be encouraged to grow our faith today. Peter states later in 1 Peter they are in the middle of a ”crooked and perverse people”. (NLT). Sounds like our world today. We must prepare our minds for action and work on self-control. We must intentionally be careful of what we put in our minds and strive to control what we think and say along with how we act around unbelievers. Our hope is eternal life through our salvation and deliverance from sin. This came from Jesus Christ as He gave us eternal life and from the Holy Spirit who helps us grow in our faith while here on earth. Our goal is to stay on course in our daily living despite what goes on around us and who we associate with. His word of truth is the center of our path.
Are you growing in your faith by staying on His course?
What adjustments do you need to make to be less influenced by the world?