September 20: Faith in Focus

Read 1 Peter 1:13-25

The living hope made all the difference in the way Peter lived. It’s how he could stand up in that temple court and proclaim to the Jews the truth about Jesus Christ. (See Acts 2.) That they had killed Him. That Jesus had conquered death, and the darkness of sin, anyway. This living hope, this new birth, new life, is the only way that Peter could give a crippled beggar complete healing. (See Acts 3.) How he could claim to the paralytic in Lydda Jesus Christ heals you. (See Acts 9:32-35.) Peter had seen and experienced the new life, the rebirth, the living hope, first hand. He new the unknowable abundance of the grace of God. And it made all the difference in the world.

Peter knew the difference this living hope could make in a life. And he knew the catastrophic consequences of taking one’s focus off of that truth. He had experienced it first in his undisturbed gaze. The faith focus that stepped him out of that boat and right onto the water. It wasn’t until he noticed the wind, got distracted by the circumstances, that he started to sink into the natural.

Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” (Matthew 14:29-30)

That’s why he wrote in this book we call 1 Peter,

Prepare your minds for action . . . set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed (v13).

Because Peter knew that when the people of God place their laser-focus faith in Jesus Christ as the only true and living hope, they start living the unbelievable.

So how’s your focus? Are you distracted or is your mind prepared with laser-focus faith?

brw

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