13 Therefore, with your minds ready for action, be sober-minded and set your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
1 Peter 1:13
“The dead of winter” wouldn’t be the first phrase most people use to describe the Advent season, a time meant for celebrating and rejoicing in the birth of our Savior. However, in contrast to that joy we are meant to feel in this cheery Yuletide season, a sense of exhaustion may kick in instead. Many of us probably feel weighed down after a year filled with change, distress, and even grief. And on top of the many difficult experiences we’ve already endured this year, the days are continually getting shorter and darker, the weather so much colder. It’s hard to hold on to hope when you feel like you’ve been barely holding on for so long!
The Word of God addresses this dullness you may be experiencing here at the end of this first week in December—almost to the finish line of the holidays, but not there yet. The apostle Peter reminds us of the mindset and posture we must put on in order to be best prepared for the day when our Savior Jesus returns, a celebration we can catch a glimpse of now in this holiday season. This command he gives us also aligns with the stance we must take as we find ourselves in such a busy and oftentimes draining season of our lives.
We are called to have our minds ready for action, sober-mindedly awaiting that day when we will be reunited with Jesus. He also tells us where our hope should be and to Whom we should be completely entrusting it. Oftentimes, we may feel like the concept of hope is just meant for wishful thinking, but to the author of this verse, hope means infinitely more.
Hebrews 11:1 tells us that hope is the tough stuff our faith relies on; it’s not just a flittery feeling or “good vibes” held toward the future. Hope is comprised of conviction and grit, the belief that our Jesus is who He says He is: a Savior worthy of our mindfulness and devotion, the Messiah who is most definitely coming again.
As we steady ourselves and continue to wait for our beloved Jesus, we must hold fast to the grace that continues to be extended to us through faith. We are called to be ready and hopeful as we keep pressing on, awaiting and beholding the revelation of Jesus that has been promised to those who believe.
Questions to Ask Yourself
- Who or what are you placing your hopes completely on in this holiday season? (Are we just hoping to get through it, or are we keeping our eyes on the hope of our Jesus’ return?)
- Is your mind ready for action, or are you finding yourself too busy with the hustle and bustle of this world?
Pray for churches in the Americas today, from northernmost Canada to the southern tip of Chile. Pray for steadfastness, courage, and dependence on God for all believers in the Americas.