Ready to Go

Inspiration MinistriesBy Inspiration Ministries2 Minutes

Christians were scattered throughout the Roman Empire. Many faced trials and persecution. Peter encouraged them to remember the importance of preparing their minds. Why? Because God had a work for them to do. He wanted them to take action, to bless others with the blessings they had received, and to act as His ambassadors and servants.

Peter reminded them that they should “reside as aliens” (v. 1) on the earth. They were chosen by God, who had given them “a living hope” and prepared for them “an inheritance which is imperishable.” If they were faithful, they would receive rewards that were “reserved in heaven” (vs. 3-5).

They may have been “distressed by various trials,” but they needed to realize that trials only last “for a little while.” In every situation, they were to “greatly rejoice,” realizing that every trial had a purpose: To test them by fire so their character would be refined and impurities would be removed, ultimately making them stronger in Christ (vs. 6-7).

Yes, they were “aliens and strangers” (1 Peter 2:11). But they were to be calm and watchful, self-controlled and clear-headed, focused on obeying God. They were called to look for opportunities to do His will and help others–to pray, to give, and to share.

Being prepared means knowing God’s Word, being filled with His Spirit, living a holy life, and being faithful to fulfill His call on your life. You must remember the blessing you’ll receive in eternity and “fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ” (v. 13).

Today, make sure that you are prepared. Cooperate with God as He refines you. Focus on His Kingdom. Be ready for action, and rejoice greatly!