You may have thought it strange in yesterday’s Victory Call that I started with a Scripture but never referred to it. I assure you it was intentional. You see as I read 1 Peter 1:13, the story of Florence Chadwick popped into my mind. I believe her story of perseverance illustrates the verse. Let me begin today with the same verse: “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
The point of sharing that story yesterday and the verses I share today is to get us thinking beyond the immediate.
My question for you today is this: Is your focus on something so grand, so motivating, and so exciting that obstacles and hurdles along the way will not cause you to stumble or lose sight of your goal? Are you keeping that goal firmly fixed in your mind’s-eye? Are you envisioning your destination with regularity?
In Peter’s letter to the “pilgrims” he encourages them, and likewise us, to “set y(our) hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”
Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. Col 3:2
Our ability to overcome hurdles will be strengthened by fixing our eyes on the horizon. To keep in our mind’s-eye the glory to come, the reward and the inheritance that awaits the redeemed.
And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ. Colossians 3:23-24
“And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last.” Revelations 22:12-13
In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will, that we who first trusted in Christ should be to the praise of His glory. Eph. 1:11-12
Sisters, stand on your tippy toes, stretch out your neck, and strain your eyes. Can you see it? Can you see the horizon? There awaits our Redeemer, our Rescuer, our Savior, our Conquering King, the Lover of our souls- riding on a white horse.
Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. Revelation 19:11
Don’t let the fog deter you. Though you can’t physically see it YET, never lose sight of the glory that awaits us at the finish line.
Diane Hunt is a Biblical Counselor, Women’s conference and retreat speaker and author. She serves as the Director of Partner Care and Director of Women’s Ministries at America’s Keswick. She and her husband John have two married children and four grandchildren. She loves reveling in warm sunny climates and playing with her grandchildren.