You know that groggy, fuzzy feeling you get when you first wake up? So often when I was having quiet time at five a.m. I would apologize to God ( thinking, this might not go well) before I read the first verse. Lord, If I am to retain any of this today, it will be because of You. My mind may not wake up for a bit. I needed the Holy Spirit to help me put my mind in gear.
So roll up your sleeves, put your mind in gear, be totally ready to receive the gift that’s coming when Jesus arrives. Don’t lazily slip back into those old grooves of evil, doing just what you feel like doing. You didn’t know any better then; you do now. As obedient children, let yourselves be pulled into a way of life shaped by God’s life, a life energetic and blazing with holiness. God said, “I am holy; you be holy.” 1 Peter 1:13-16, MSG
Peter understood this in a different way. He lived the rough, hostile world of a fisherman. Peter could have probably been aboard those crews featured on Discovery channel’s “Deadliest Catch”. He lived a gruff and dangerous life. We know he had a vulgar mouth (remember that little fire side encounter after Jesus’s arrest) and a temper. He was quick to speak and most often it was apparent his mind was not in gear. He understood about the “old grooves of evil”. When he let God really get a hold of him and the Holy Spirit fell on Peter, he also understood about living “a life energetic and blazing” for God. The man who God used so mighty is still being used by God today to help us live a wide-awake life…
Roll up our sleeves – Peter was accustomed to hard work and he realized that living out the Christian life would be tough, a fight. – “These trials are only to test your faith, to show that it is strong and pure. ” (verse 7) When I think of rolling up my sleeves, the action of preparation comes to mind. How? Prayer, Bible study, being apart of a group of godly people that will challenge us are all good prep.
Put our minds in gear – Joyce Meyer says “the battlefield is in our minds”. I know from personal experience my thoughts can trip me up before the devil even has a chance. The Apostle Paul gives us good advice “…let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” Romans 12:2, NLT
Oh friends, we must guard our minds and never completely trust our thoughts unless they have been lined up with the word of God.
Be ready, not lazy – To run our race, we have to be deliberate. To live victoriously, we can’t just hope it happens. We have an enemy and his mind’s not fuzzy in the morning. He’s been up all night making plans to derail our walk. We must get up, suit up (the whole armor of God) and be prayed up. We’ve got a fight on our hands.
Live a God shaped lifestyle – “But what happens when we live God’s way? He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard—things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity. We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people. We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, not needing to force our way in life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely.” Galatians 5:22-23, MSG
God has set the alarm clock and I hear it ringing. Do you? There are no coincidences in a believer’s life. He is calling us to be alert, be prepared and be awake. Then, He can empower us to live the victorious, abundant life He planned all along.