Vacation with Jesus

Vacation with Jesus

1 Peter 1

April 21, 2018

I have always loved the scripture, "...gird up the loins of your mind..." It is a great metaphor to describe what Peter was telling us. To be one of God's I must take my cross and follow Him. I must serve Him with ALL my heart, soul and mind.  I must hold fast the crown.  I must pray without ceasing.  I must endure!  There is no room for a "vacation."  


But wait, that sounds tiresome and exhausting!? No vacation from serving God?


Here's the thing, why would one want to take a vacation from guarding their heart and mind?  When coming to know the Lord and the spiritual man is growing and the fleshly man is becoming less and less, serving the Lord isn't wearisome.  It's is joyful, it is what you WANT to do, not HAVE to do. His desires are becoming your desires.  You are more than willing to gird up your loins.  The only vacation you are dreaming about has streets of gold, walls of jasper and no pain, sorrow or death!


1 Peter 1:1-25 (KJV) 

Peter praises God for His many mercies

1 Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia,
2 Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
4 To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,
5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
6 Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations:
7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:
8 Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:
9 Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls. 

showing that salvation in Christ is a thing prophesied of old


10 Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you:
11 Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow.
12 Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into. 

He commands his readers to set their hope on God's mercy through Christ's revelation


13 Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;
14 As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance:
15 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;
16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.
17 And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man's work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear:
18 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;
19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:
20 Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,
21 Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.
22 Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently:
23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.
24 For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away:
25 But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you. 


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Comments 4

Jennifer Luttman on Monday, 23 April 2018 14:17

Really beautiful Bro. Garrett!

Really beautiful Bro. Garrett!
Janette Tomlinson on Tuesday, 24 April 2018 12:31

Yes, that sounds like home to me!

Yes, that sounds like home to me!
Christine K on Saturday, 28 April 2018 07:37

Great encouragement to fight the fight and endure to the end!!

Great encouragement to fight the fight and endure to the end!!
Hal Tomlinson on Saturday, 28 April 2018 07:57

It is so true, Brother Garrett. In verse 22 it mentions “unfeigned” (genuine, sincere) love. When you genuinely love someone it is not an effort at all to do anything for them (no matter how difficult it may be). You do not work at it, nor does it seem like work. It becomes a joy.

It is so true, Brother Garrett. In verse 22 it mentions “unfeigned” (genuine, sincere) love. When you genuinely love someone it is not an effort at all to do anything for them (no matter how difficult it may be). You do not work at it, nor does it seem like work. It becomes a joy.
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