Setting our hope

hope“Therefore, preparing your minds for action,and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” 1 Peter 1:13 (ESV)

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In addition to the process of preparing our minds, Peter tells us to set our hope on the future revelation of Jesus Christ. Gary Thomas, writing for Christianity Today, tells the story of George H.W. Bush attending the funeral of Leonid Brezhnev while he was Vice President. Just prior to the closing of the coffin, Brezhnev’s widow reached in and made the sign of the cross on her husband’s chest. It was a very brave act of civil disobedience revealing where she had set her ultimate hope in stark contrast to her husband, who was the leader of a secular atheistic government.

Setting our hope on the future revelation of Jesus Christ is not easy.

We live in a world that provides abundant alternatives for us to place our hope.

We can hope in the stock market, our retirement plan, our intelligence, our family…and… the list goes on and on!

As physicians, it is easy to place our hope in ourselves by depending solely on our ability to generate income and favor through our practice of medicine.

Peter calls us away from these alluring possibilities to place our hope fully on the grace that awaits us at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

This doesn’t happen automatically.

Placing our hope fully on Christ requires that we regularly resist the temptation to place our hope on ourselves or the things in this world.

The Lord often reminds us of this important truth through the difficulties we inevitably encounter in this world. There’s nothing that will quite shake our world like a threatened lawsuit over a bad outcome. While they are quite stressful, lawsuits have the capacity to rearrange our priorities and help us focus our hope fully on the Lord.

An important ingredient of resisting the temptation to place our hope on the things in this world is cultivating the concept of an eternal perspective. Our life in this world is very short compared to the rest of eternity.

Be careful to place your hope in Him, not the world in front of you.

Prayer: Lord send reminders to me today to help me set my hope on You.

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