“The end of all things is at hand, therefore be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of your prayers”-1 Peter 4:7
In this verse, Peter tells us that the end of all things is at hand. By this, he means that the story of the bible- the savior coming down and dying for us sinners- has been completed. This also means that Christ’s return to earth could come at any time. The rest of the verse describes how we are called to live. We are called to be a part of the new story. The story of Jesus, of grace, of discipleship, repentance, and salvation. God calls us to be a part of his story, not our own.
To be self-controlled and sober-minded means to be focused. Peter is telling us not to get lost in the world, but focus on Christ. We become useless to God’s kingdom when we lose our focus on Jesus and focus on the world. A wonderful example of the consequences of taking our focus off Jesus is Peter, the one who walked on water. The moment that Peter took his eyes off him, he sank. This is exactly what God doesn’t want for us. Instead of us focusing on when Christ will return, focus on those you can reach for his kingdom now.
In my life, I like to control things. I worry. I get bossy. Instead of allowing God to be my king and lord over me, I try to be my own lord. I focus on the little things rather than the big picture that is Jesus. I’m probably not the only one like this. No one wants to give over their freedom and sense of authority. In reality, we all need to just give our problems and worries to God and allow him to use us in his story. We are the hands and feet of Christ, let’s start acting like it.