Preparing Your Minds for Action

April 12, 2013 - 2:14 PM

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a German theologian and pastor executed by the Nazis, prior to his death wrote a poem called "Stations on the Road to Freedom" (  

The second stanza of the four stanza poem goes like this: 

Daring to do what is right, not what fancy may tell you, 
valiantly grasping occasions, not cravenly doubting – 
freedom comes only through deeds, not through thoughts taking wing. 
Faint not nor fear, but go out to the storm and the action,  
trusting in God whose commandment you faithfully follow;  
freedom, exultant, will welcome your spirit with joy.

Bonhoeffer recognized that the road to freedom in Christ was not about personal happiness and comfort, but about the stages of Discipline, Action, Suffering, and even Death.  In the stanza above he speak of the "daring to do what is right", the "valiantly grasping (of) occasions", and, ultimately, the "trusting in God" as we "faithfully follow" in carrying out his commands; commands that, as Jesus states, are rooted in love.  

In I Peter 1:13, Peter exhorts the hearers: "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."  We, the Church, the ones called out of darkness into his marvelous light, are to be people of action.  And our hope is to be rooted fully on the grace of God that will be fully revealed to us at the coming of Christ; this is our encouragement to action.  

Peter goes on and reminds the hearers that they (we!) are to be "holy in all [their] conduct".  "Holy" again means to be set apart.  Followers of Jesus are to be a people called out and set apart for the good of others and the Glory of God:  a people of action!  

May we be just that.  Let's come together this Sunday to explore this more.  

God's grace and peace be with you,