God is our living hope
“Praise be to God and father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade – kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the last time.” (1 Peter 1:3-5)
This really puts things into perspective! To me this verse says that whatever is going on in my life right now and whatever is going on in yours, what really matters is that Jesus gives us hope! Hope for the hopeless! And not just hope like we might say “ I hope to become a doctor” or “I hope my parents patch things up and get back together.” This is a hope that we can be completely certain of. A hope of “an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade.” And the Bible says we should respond to this by rejoicing and thanking God for this promise which makes the hard things in life just fall away and lose their significance. There is so much freedom in this! The more we look to Jesus the more we will share in this hope and be sure of it. It’s like when Peter walked on water in Matthew 14. When Peter stopped concentrating on Jesus and got scared and freaked out by the wind (and for us the things around us which distract us and try to pull us under) he began to sink. We must keep our eyes fixed on Jesus and this living hope will stay with us and we will be certain of it!
Time to shape up!
So we’ve heard the promise of a living hope and as well as praising Him, God also says we need to respond in other ways…
“Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be given to you when Jesus Christ is revealed…be holy in all you do, for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.” (1 Peter 1:13,15)
We need to have the right mindsets. We need God for this big time! “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” (Romans 12:2) Not conforming to the pattern of this world sets us apart and this is one way of understanding what is is to be holy. And it is God who makes us holy. He chooses us and sets us apart. God also says we can “purify” ourselves by obeying the truth (1 Peter 1:22) and the key to this is loving each other with sincerity. And the important thing is that this is all possible because we have been born again “not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.” (v.23)
God chooses you!
And what’s more, God has already CHOSEN you!
“You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” (1 Peter 2:9)
So God has chosen you. The question now is, will you choose to be obey Him and put your hope and trust in Him?