Summary: Our actions need to be controlled, not hap-hazard, wheel spinning, I don’t care what happens to others, get out of my way actions, but controlled, focussed, intentional, Spirit-lead actions that we take responsibility for.
Prepare for Action! 1 Peter 1:13-25
Be prepared…how often do we hear that these days. Be prepared…in case of an earthquake, have your 72-hour emergency supplies prepared in advance. Be prepared…in case you get into an accident, make sure you have on clean underwear (Bill Cosby, Himself). Be prepared… ‘whatever comes through that door, you are men of Gondor, and will stand your ground!’ (Gandalf, Lord of the Rings, the Return of the King). Be prepared…if today is the last day of your life, do you have your will ready? Scar in The Lion King sang of being prepared for the rise of his own kingdom, as he plotted to kill Moufassa. And we, as Christians prepare for the return of the True King when Christ returns one day as King of kings, and Lord of lords!
All of these are things to prepare, things to expect, things to concern ourselves with. Our passage today deals with the preparation of our minds, the way we think, for action! Turn with me to the book of 1 Peter, chapter 1. Page 857 in the blue pew bibles.
Be Holy - 1 Peter 1:13-25 (NIV)
13Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed. 14As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. 15But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; 16for it is written: "Be holy, because I am holy."
17Since you call on a Father who judges each man’s work impartially, live your lives as strangers here in reverent fear. 18For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, 19but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. 20He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake. 21Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God.
22Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for your brothers, love one another deeply, from the heart. 23For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God. 24For,
"All men are like grass,
and all their glory is like the flowers of the field;
the grass withers and the flowers fall,
25but the word of the Lord stands forever." And this is the word that was preached to you.
This is one of those continuing studies from a previous message. Only thing is, it’s not continued from last week, but last year…I spoke from 1 Peter 1 in April of 2008, and am now going to continue that study through the book. We just completed 2 weeks from the book of Jude, which has a lot of commonalities to 2nd Peter, and in reading those references, along with portions from his 1st letter, I was drawn to read both together again. So here we are today. And I’d like to focus this morning on those first few verses, 13-16.