April 22, 2013

Today you should read: 1 Peter 1:13-25

Verse 13 is a powerful challenge and exhortation.  Here it is from the NASB:

Therefore, prepare your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.—I Peter 1:13

First, let’s determine what the “therefore” is there for.  In verses 10-12, Peter makes it clear that the readers have grasped an understanding of salvation.  Since they understand salvation and are in the midst of persecution, they should, “therefore,” do what the next few verses exhort them to do.  I want to comment on just a one of Peter’s exhortations.

In verse 13, Peter told the readers to prepare their minds for action.  Some other translations and paraphrases word this phrase like this:

 “Turn the robes of your mind into running shorts. Pull them up between your legs and tuck them into your belt” (Piper)

“So then, have your minds ready for action” (TEV)

“So brace up your minds” (Amp)

“Be serious and thoughtful rather than shallow and flippant in attitude” (Morris)

“Having tied up at the waist the clothes of your mind” (ALT)

As followers of Christ, we must prepare our minds for action.  Imagine a football team entering a game without any preparation, or a construction company building a house with no blueprints.  Imagine taking a test at school without studying, or going to battle in war without any kind of preparation.  Imagine a Christian trying to go through the day without first preparing their mind for action?  None of us would ever enter the day without preparing our minds for action…would we?  Actually, I’d say many of us enter some of our days without preparing our minds for action.

Christians, we have to get ready for what each day holds for us.  We prepare by seeking fellowship with Him in prayer and in the Word.  We prepare by surrendering our day to Him and committing to obedience.  We surrender by asking Him to take His place on the throne of our lives.  We prepare mentally by choosing to believe that each person I meet is a potential divine appointment to share the gospel.  We prepare by being trained and equipped to share the gospel and disciple other people.

Have you prepared your mind for action today?  What do you need to do to better prepare your mind for action?  What do you do to keep your mind ready for action?

Posted by: Rich Duffield

Author: Center Point Church

A multi-campus church in central Kentucky. Our mission is to take everyone we meet one step closer to becoming a true disciple of Jesus Christ.

One thought on “April 22, 2013”

  1. Boy could I have used this yesterday! That’s what I get for missing a day of Jumpstart. Yesterday “life” really went whacky and I had run out of the house in a hurry without preparing myself by spending time with God. It was completely overwhelming until I found a quiet place at work to get away and spend a few minutes with God so He could calm and refocus me. Why is it so tempting to me to run busily around without allowing God to take His proper position in my life and provide perspective?

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