28th September 2019

Are You Ready?

“Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming.”
1 Peter 1:13 (NIV)

Peter made a bold statement. He said that he was ready to go with Jesus both into prison and to death (Luke 22:33), but Peter was not ready. He just thought he was. He later denied the Lord (Luke 22:55-62). How is it that Peter so quickly forgot what he said to Jesus a little earlier, that he was ready to follow Jesus to prison and to death?

Peter is described as a man with an impulsive nature which he demonstrates time and time again in the Biblical accounts. Here are a few: Mark 9:5-6 he blurts out an inappropriate suggestion during the moments of Christ transfiguration; John 13:8 Peter objects to having his feet washed by Christ at the last supper; John 18:10 he strikes out wildly with his sword at the time of Jesus’ arrest and in John 21:7 he leaps out of the fishing boat to swim to the risen Christ (John 21:7).

After Pentecost we see a different Peter. In Acts 2 after the Holy Spirit came, Peter boldly preaches to the crowd and later goes on to write epistles recorded for us in holy scripture. Christ in us through the Holy Spirit enables and empowers us to stand up and witness of Jesus and his love. The Apostle Paul after his conversion, proclaims that he is “ready to preach the gospel” (Romans 1:14-16 NKJV). Why? Because he believed it to be the power of God unto salvation—he was not ashamed of the gospel, and recognized that he was a debtor who needed the price of his sins paid by the sacrifice of Jesus. The same reasons should also motivate us to preach the gospel. One of the most effective ways to preach the gospel is by the way we live as Christians. 1 Peter 3:15 says we need to be ready to give a reason for the hope that is in us through Jesus Christ. Christians are to be ready for every good work (Titus 3:1) as well as ready for His return (Matthew 24:42-44).

Prayer
Almighty God, we know not when your Son will return, but we pray that when he does we will be found ready and waiting for His return. It is in Jesus’ name we pray.
Amen

Study by Dennis Payne
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About the Author:
Dennis Payne attends the North London Congregation of Grace Communion International.

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion International London
Indian YMCA
Mahatma Gandhi Hall
41 Fitzroy Square
LONDON
W1T 6AQ

Meeting Time:
Saturday 2:30pm

Local Congregational Contact:
Barry Robinson
Email: london@gracecom.church

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