Tired and Distracted

October 27, 2020

OPERATION SEE THE DAWN

Did you ever notice that when you’re feeling worn out it’s much easier to get distracted? Last week we had four 11-year-old boys over for a sleepover. Their stated goal was to see how late they could stay up. We decided to let them go for it … until the dog started barking like crazy at 2 a.m. Operation “See the Dawn” was called off at that point. In the wake of that night…morning (whatever it was), it was hard to stay focused on anything! 

Sometimes as we move through seasons of life, we can become tired, then distracted and ultimately lose focus on who we are and what we should be about. We can be tempted to give ourselves to lesser things, which can lead to becoming disheartened and feelings of hopelessness. 

DISTRACTED BELIEVERS

In 1 Peter 1:13-14, the apostle Peter calls out all believers who may have become distracted along their journey.

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. As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct. 1 Peter 1:13-15

In the text, Peter calls believers to focus. He urges them to “reject the passions of [their] former ignorance” and be holy. Peter explains that we do this by taking a ready stance: preparing our minds for action; being sober-minded; and then setting our hope fully on the grace that will be ours when Jesus Christ returns.

I’m a fan of historical fiction and I have enjoyed a series by Patrick O’Brien that focuses on the British Navy around the early 1800s. The crew is regularly called to prepare for action! As a fighting ship prepares for action, there is great activity as the decks are cleared and people take their stations. Then, there’s a time of intense waiting, where every crewmember focuses on their responsibilities and plays out possible scenarios of what is going to happen and how they’ll respond. They are sober-minded as they fix their eyes on the horizon, looking for the enemy. This is an image of what Peter is calling us to do.

As Christians called to be holy, we prepare our minds for action by prayerfully going before the Lord and embracing our identity as saints with a sin problem, doers of the Word and ambassadors of the Gospel. We become sober-minded as we weigh the potential costs of following Jesus and we intentionally set our hearts and our hope on the grace that will be given to us when Jesus Christ returns. This ‘setting your hope’ requires intentionality and wisdom, because where we place our hope determines our direction through life. It also provides the inspiration we need to keep on going. In short, the thing we set our hope on has to be worthy of our very lives.

SET YOUR HOPE

Where have you set your hope? Is it set on an upcoming vacation or a big purchase you have planned? Is it set in a promotion at work, graduation from school or in a relationship that is filled with possibility? These things may be sweet, significant, or life-giving, but each of them falls short of being worthy of our whole lives.

As a believer, our hope is in the completed work of Jesus. Peter tells us in vs. 18 that we were “ransomed from the futile ways inherited from our forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ…” It’s all about Jesus. He has defeated death and he’s coming back.

If you’ve faced a discouraging season in life, take a moment to clear the decks of your mind, prepare for action and then set your hope on the grace that will be yours when Jesus Christ returns. Then step into the fray of the day, and keep following Jesus!

About The Author

Dan Wendell

Dan joined the Cornerstone team in November 2018 as the Pastor of Missions. His focus is on empowering the church family to step beyond the boundaries of CCLB to declare the Good News, so that the Body of Christ might be established where it would not otherwise occur. In addition, Dan provides oversight for Cornerstone’s Care ministries.