Be Sober-Minded

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

The command from this verse from Peter to the churches is to hope; however, Peter is more clear than that. He gives us two ways to hope:

    Preparing our minds for action
    and
    Being sober-minded

What, then, does it mean to be “sober-minded”? To be sober is to have clarity of mind – to be free from intoxicants. Intoxicants cloud the mind and dull its working. If we are to hope in the grace brought to us at the revelation of Jesus Christ, and keeping our minds sober is a way to maintain and grow that hope, we must keep away from things that would numb us from hoping in grace.

Self-examination is necessary here. You must evaluate yourself and ask the Holy Spirit to search your heart to determine what things (activities, thoughts, etc.) both:

    (a) more naturally stimulate you to hope in God’s grace
    and
    (b) what things naturally “numb” you to hoping in God’s grace?

Do the conversations you have with people around you day-to-day stimulate your hoping in His grace? If not, is there a way you can be purposeful to direct the conversations to honor Him? Do the songs played through the radio in your car stimulate your hope or numb your mind? Is it time to turn it off? Listen to scripture read? Bible teaching? Songs that would point you towards hope? What about the things you read? Watch on TV? The activities that fill your calendar?

We do well to hope in His grace. After all, what else is worth hoping in?

Part One: There Is Hope
Part Two: Set Your Hope on Grace
Part Three: Prepare Your Minds for Action

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