Prepare For Action

Monday, April 19, 2021

There comes a time in our walk with Jesus when we have to do something. Being a Christian is about being a woman or man of faith, yes, surely. It is also about being a woman or man of action.

We wait for God to lead, to speak. And then we must act. I have long said that you can pray about winning the lottery, but YOU have to buy the ticket. There’s the story of the old man who sat at home as the rains poured down and the river near his house overflowed its banks and flooded the valley. The water got so high the man began to pray asking the Lord to save him. The man finally climbed onto the roof and continued to pray.

Two men came by in a row boat and offered to take the man with them, “No,” he said, “the Lord will save me.” A little later a helicopter hovered overhead and the pilot offered to drop a line to the man. “No,” he said, “the Lord will save me.” The water continued to rise and eventually the man drowned.

As he entered Heaven and met the Lord the man asked, “Lord, why did you not save me from the flood?” The Lord, exasperated, replied, “I sent a row boat and a helicopter, what more did you want?”

Peter, of all of Jesus’ disciples, understood action. In the first chapter of the first book credited to Peter’s authorship, he outlines our faith, our salvation, our hope and our joy. And then, in verse 13 of that first chapter, he says, “Therefore, prepare your minds for action.” Because of all that God has done for us, is to us, we must be ready to act.

In chapter two Peter gets around to giving us some specific actions we are to take; among them, “proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.” And, “keep your behavior excellent…so that they may because of your good deeds…glorify God.”

This week we’ll be reading from that first chapter of 1 Peter during prayer time, around 10:30 AM and 2:30 PM each weekday.

Mon   04/19            1 Peter 1:3-5

Tue     04/20            1 Peter 1:6-9

Wed   04/21            1 Peter 1:10-12

Thu     04/22            1 Peter 1:13

Fri       04/23            1 Peter 1:14-15

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