Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 1:13
In fact, the first command in the entire chapter is to HOPE. We are to purposefully set/rest/fix our hope on an object. What is that object: the grace of God.
I love His grace. I am forever grateful for His grace upon my life. I will be eternally grateful for the mercy which withheld the wrath that my sins certainly deserve and ever more so for the grace that has adopted me as a son and lavished fatherly love and care upon my heart. It’s something I have not earned or warranted, but that I most certainly appreciate.
Grace, grace, God’s grace,
Grace that will pardon and cleanse within;
Grace, grace, God’s grace,
Grace that is greater than all our sin.
– Grace Greater than Our Sin, Julia H. Johnston
Do you know his grace? You must before you ever hope to place your hope upon it. The good news is that salvation has been made available by what Christ accomplished on the cross and following in his resurrection from the dead.
Have you placed your hope on God’s grace for salvation? His work to bring sinners to adoption has sons has gone on through the ages, but has his work begun in you? It’s really only good news if you can get in on it. If you remain in your sins, trusting in yourself for whatever you can earn, what awaits is not paradise, but eternal torment.
If you have not, I beg of you to repent of your sin. Turn away and turn to Him – turn to grace.
By nature we serve our own purposes. We look out for Number 1. By nature we resist authority and claim that whatever we get in life, we’ll get with our own two hands and the sweat of our brow. By nature we resist submitting to God’s leadership.
God commands us to repent of that self-serving attitude. Repent of your rebellion against an Almighty God who is our Creator, sustainer, and will one day be our judge. Throw yourself on his mercy and hope fully on the grace that he freely offers. Commit your life to him.
Romans 10:9-10 tells us:
“if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.”
Repent of your sin and rebellion against God.
Believe in your heart that God has raised him from the dead.
Confess your allegiance to Him and demonstrate that by hoping fully on His Grace
Then you can be assured that you will be saved, for “all who call upon the name of the Lord will be saved” (Rom 10:13)
To you who are now believers and unbelievers alike, the challenge here is to set your hope on grace. I pray that you will do so.