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TAKING ACTION

January 13, 2017

Friday

 

1 Peter 1:13

 

Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;

 

LESSON

 

Peter said to the people, “Now that you have focused your thinking positively, you need to roll up your sleeves mentally, pull yourselves together, and adopt some attitudes that will affect your activities.

 

In Israel an ordinary person wore as the basic garment a long, sleeveless shirt of linen or wool that reached to the knees or ankles. Over this mantle something like a poncho might be worn, although the mantle was laid aside for work. The shirt was worn long for ceremonial occasions or when at relative rest, such as talking in the market, but for active service, such as work or war, it was tucked up into a belt at the waist to leave the legs free. Thus Peter’s allusion pictures a mind prepared for active work.

 

To put it this way, the more the Christian knows God intimately the more he fears God.  And the more he fears God the more he fears to offend God and the more he longs to honor Him.  It’s a profound thought.  If you’re so intimate with God that you can call Him Father, then you must know that He’s going to judge sin, so you should live in a healthy fear of God.  He’s not an indulgent Santa Claus and He’s not like Eli the priest of the Old Testament.  It’s very compelling words. We have an obligation to our great God, beloved, to live before Him in hope and holiness and in honor.

 

Memory Verse: 1 Timothy 1:7

 

“An intelligent person aims at wise action, but a fool starts off in many directions”

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