Therefore, prepare your mind for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace that is to be given to you when Jesus Christ is revealed. (1 Peter 1:13 NIV)
What is our hope when Christ returns on earth? First, we are to receive the end of our faith, the salvation of our soul. It does not mean we are unsure of our salvation now. Indeed, we shall receive the completion of our salvation for there will never be any reason for us to fall to sin. Second, each of us will be given our own glorified body, free from decay and corruption, from all imperfections. Third, we shall be with our Most High God, our Father in heaven, for all eternity, blessed to enjoy all the heavenly treasures. Moreover, we will receive infinite blessedness upon His return. What is then our duty, knowing God’s promise? Our duty is to make our hope perfect. Right now, in this life, we have experienced the truth of His promises. We are journeying to the promise land. As we walk towards it, we experience His saving power, the blessings of peace and tranquility in the spirit, and His provisions for us to be able to continue to overcome all obstacles along the way. He is faithful to His promises. He has proven Himself to us with His unfailing love and affection. We have to hold on to our hope. Make our hope an anchor of our soul. Let us be steadfast and certain, leaving no room for doubts but perfectly, 100% sure to receive it. How can we do that? We have to be ready at all times to defend and keep our hope. We have to discipline ourselves, practicing and perfecting our hope, removing all that can make us doubt God’s words. Like an athlete, as Apostle Paul, says, “Run not with uncertainty and fight not as one who beats the air”. Brethren, let us make our hope perfect in Christ.