Read 1 Peter 3:13-4:6
“Do not fear what they fear; do not be frightened. But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord” (3:14).
Peter writes a lot about living hope. It’s the kind of hope that transforms a mind. Transforms a life. It is hope that’s only found in the One True and Living God. Those who find it live by it. Those who trust Jesus Christ to be the Lord of their lives find it.
“Through thick and thin, keep your hearts at attention, in adoration before Christ, your Master” (3:14, MSG).
The living, breathing hope we have changes everything about the way we live. Because we have set apart Jesus Christ as the Lord, we can have real life. We can live without fear. We can operate from a standpoint that doesn’t worry about what other people think. When we set apart Christ as Lord, our hope shows clearly to everyone. So clearly, in fact, that people who don’t yet have this hope will ask about it.
When we are stayed, securely founded on Jesus Christ as our only hope, our perspective changes so drastically that the way we live can’t not be affected. Our lives can’t help but display it.
Jesus Christ Himself shows us how to live this hope. He suffered. And died. Then, by His resurrection from that death, He provided the living hope in which you and I can now operate freely. Through which you and I can freely live. And this is how — with full confidence in knowing that Jesus Christ is our only hope for real life.
“Since Jesus went through everything you’re going through and more, learn to think like him. Think of your sufferings as a weaning from that old sinful habit of always expecting to get your own way. Then you’ll be able to live out your days free to pursue what God wants instead of being tyrannized by what you want” (4:1-2, MSG).
Do you live in that hope? Have you let your hope in Jesus Christ penetrate every part of your living so that others see it and have to ask about it?