Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed.
How have you prepared yourself for the challenges of this day? What have you done to prepare for the unexpected obstacles that you will encounter this year? What are you doing right now to prepare for the future?
In today’s selected scripture the Apostle Peter instructs, “prepare your minds for action.” The context of the passage reveals that Peter is talking about our need to live holy lives. When our minds are sufficiently prepared we can respond to all of life’s changing circumstances in a way that honors God.
In recent days here in The Forever Notebook I have been talking about Christian behavior. We are God’s representatives on this earth and we have a responsibility to behave in a manner that rightly reflects our relationship to Him and His mission for us on this earth.
Our behavior is affected by the situations and people we encounter each day. How will you respond when a co-worker sets you up to make you look bad? What will be your response when you are passed over for a promotion you deserved? What will be your response to the driver who cuts you off in traffic or the person at the grocery store who breaks in line in front of you? Will your response to negative, hurtful, and provoking stimuli honor God? Will your choices and decisions be pleasing to God?
Every moment of every day there is something before you that requires a response. When your mind is prepared for action then you will “be self-controlled” in every situation and thus honor God.
Holiness is not just a theory but it is a state of being. It is the way that we should desire to be found when Jesus returns. “…set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed.”
So then, how do you “prepare your mind for action?” I believe that the greatest way to accomplish that is to have a daily quiet time with God. Find a place where you can be alone with God without interruption. And then make a daily appointment with God.
Prepare yourself physically just as you do prior to going to work. Bathe, dress, and have a cup of coffee if that is part of your routine. Be alert and ready for your meeting with God. Give Him your undivided attention.
Pray, read from His word, and meditate on what He is saying to you and how you can apply it to your life. Then pray His word back to Him affirming your desire to incorporate what you have learned into your life. Keep a journal of your thoughts and how you are using God’s instruction in your life.
I know of no other activity or discipline that can produce more positive benefit for the Christian. In your daily quite time with God, He will “prepare your mind for action.”
The Forever Notebook comes from my daily quiet time with God. It is my hope that as God speaks to me that He will also speak to you. He has done and continues to do so much in my life. I pray that you can experience His incomparable presence in your life.
I am convinced that the Lord can transform, renew, change, revitalize, encourage, give hope, and help for any and all of life’s challenges. Let Him prepare you — for action. Make time for quiet time with God.
For more on this topic, check out this article: How to Pray Continually
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