As a thousand and one things occupied the corridors of my mind, a faint voice seemed to penetrate my thoughts for a brief moment… then it was gone.
The list was long. Both Buford and Bosephus were having starting issues, while the services were due on Slick Willie and Bart. Tonka was parked behind the shop with a wiring problem and the Batwing along with the Bush Hog needed hydraulic hoses replaced. I began calculating how to squeeze these repairs into an already busy schedule at work… and then there’s my commitment to help a friend with a project. Realizing there weren’t enough hours in the day to satisfy the demands…
“I said, ‘did you hear me?’”
There it was again! That persistent faint voice was once again invading the privacy of my plotting and preparing to tackle an endless sea of tasks. The hood on the Polaris needs painted and the…
Now the faint voice generated a hand, and with a tug at my arm, I heard it again, “Did you hear me?” I turned with intent to learn how voices can grow limbs to find my wife staring into my eyes. This time there was alarm in the voice, “Did you hear me… your bath water is about to run down the hallway.”
What do we make of a generation of believers, Christians, who consider the reading of God’s Word as optional? Will we treat God as I did my spouse?
I’m confident none will admit to claiming it is optional, of course, but don’t our actions speak much louder than our words? Time and again, it has been proven that ours is a generation that experiences a greater privilege of the availability of the Word, while also being the most un-knowledgeable of its contents.
Peter encouraged the dispersed of his day with these words, “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
John Piper has presented an excellent work titled “Think,” in which he argues for the believer’s instruction to engage their mind in this amazing faith known as Christianity. Piper is not the author of this instruction. Nor is Peter, but he agrees with the Holy Spirit when he forcefully encourages his readers to “gird up the loins of your mind.”
Men and women alike, during the time of the writing of this letter, adorned themselves with long, flowing robes. When going into battle, or service of any kind, this robe would hinder movement and agility. Therefore, they would tie up their robes, making the movement of their legs possible. Peter’s readers are being encouraged to prepare their minds for deeper thinking.
Piper concludes in his book, “We cannot have a right passion for that which we know nothing about.” As genuine believers, the truth from God’s Word that we grasp in our minds leads to our hearts being changed, and that inevitably will affect our actions and emotions.
In a similar manner, Peter uses the term sober in an effort to ward off whatever may detrimentally influence his hearer’s ability to come to an intellectual understanding of the gospel’s truth and “rest their hope fully upon the grace of God.”
God has lovingly and mercifully chosen to speak to us and His message is of infinitely greater importance than an overflowing tub of water. Will we listen… or will we allow our cluttered lives to drown out His voice?