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. As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.” 1 Peter 1:13-16 (NIV)
How will you prepare your mind for action? Whatever I set my mind on will determine the action I will be prepared to take. What do you mean by that? If I set my mind on my job, then I will be preparing myself to be successful in my career. If I set my mind on power and prestige and position, then I will be preparing myself to do whatever it takes to get ahead. If I set my mind on comfort and pleasure, then I will be preparing to seek fleshly desires. If I set my mind on material possessions. then I will be preparing myself to acquire all that this world has to offer. Are any of these pursuits worthy of setting your mind on? What do you mean by that? Will you allow any of these pursuits to determine who you are and what you will become? Are you going to allow yourself to be defined by any of these things? Those are life-changing questions. Yes, they are depending on how you answer them.
What do you want to set your mind on? What action do you want to be prepared to take? Who do you want to become? What do you want your life to look like? I want to set my mind on you. I want to set my mind on the hope that I have in you, both now and forever. I have said goodbye to my old life. Nothing from my old life is worth setting my mind on. I don’t want to live for comfort and pleasure. I’m not drawn to power, prestige, and position. I’m not attracted to all false treasures and riches that the world has to offer. It would be a fool’s errand to live for what I could only temporarily acquire. Yes, it would. I want my mind to be ready for action. What action? I want my mind to be prepared for whatever action you ask me to take. I want to know and do your will. I want to wholeheartedly live the life that you have called me to live. I want my life to conform to your purposes and plan. How will you know if you are on the right track? You have called me to be holy. You want me to become like you. Yes, that’s right. As you daily make me more like you, I will notice that. Yes, you will. That is my hope. That is my desire. That is my plan. That is my goal. That is very good.
Lord, thank you for the hope I have in you. Help me to set my mind on you. Prepare my mind for action. I will no longer think and live my life in conformity to the world. Change my heart and transform my mind so I can live the holy life you have called me to live. Amen
Key Question… What will hinder your mind from being prepared and ready for action as a follower of Jesus Christ?
Living It Out… Allow the Lord to change your mind and prepare you for action as you love, follow, and serve Him.
Seeing It Happen… Have faith that the Lord will change your mind and prepare you for action, as you love, follow, and serve Him.
Get Ready To Share… Share with another person or your small group how the Lord has changed your mind and prepared you for action.
Prayer To Bless Others… May you set your mind on Christ so your mind can be prepared for action.
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