Set Your Hope and Be Set Apart
Read 1 Peter 1:13–16
Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming. As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”
In the next two parts of Peter’s letter, he identifies four instructions for followers of Jesus. The first two are in today’s passage and include (i) setting our “hope on the grace to be brought to [us] when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming,” and (ii) being holy in all we do. In both of these instructions, we should hear from Peter that we are not to place our hope in the things of this world or treasure what it deems important. First, he says, our hope is a future hope—that Jesus will return and we will be raised to eternal life—firmly grounded in the resurrection of Jesus. Second, our lives are to look different than both who we were before we started following Jesus and from the non-Christians around us. We have been set apart—forgiven, adopted, and gifted. In other words, now that we are disciples of Jesus, and God’s Spirit is within us, we should live like it!
- Reflect on what tends to get under your skin or cause you great disappointment. In what ways might you be setting your hope on something less than the return of Jesus and the eternal life with God that awaits you? What would it look like to shift your hope?
- Sometimes we think of holiness solely in the sense of managing our behavior—which certainly is a part of being holy. But what would it mean to think of yourself as set apart for the things of God? How might that encourage or inspire you?
- What is God seeking to draw your attention to through today’s passage?
God, thank You for the hope I have in Jesus—a hope that has been established by His resurrection. Do not let my heart waver from that truth no matter what I’m facing, whether good or bad. Give me the confidence to know You have set me apart for Your salvation, grace, and purposes. Help me to live out who I am in You so that I can fulfill my purpose and joyfully represent Your love in this world. Amen.
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