In First Peter 1:13, the apostle Peter wrote something profound; “Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled.”
Peter had been writing about the inheritance that we have through Jesus Christ when we accept Him as our Savior. It is an, “inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade- kept in heaven for you (vs. 4).” In light of this great inheritance, he told us to prepare our minds for action. Another version says, “gird” your mind for action. The idea is of someone tying up their long robes so that they can do some physical activity that will require freedom of movement. Peter wants us to be ready to do something!
Not only does Peter want us to do “something,” he wants what we are doing to count. “Be self-controlled,” he says. Think about all of the decisions that we are making and the people that we surround ourselves with and the activities that use up our time in light of the fact that Jesus is coming back at any moment.
Jesus taught a similar concept when He told a story about a farmer who was harvesting such a large crop that his barn was not able to hold it all. He made a plan. He would tear down his old barn and build a bigger one. Then he would eat, drink and be merry, and take life easy. “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’ This is how will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God (Luke 12:20-21).”
Peter is urging us not to live like the rich man, only thinking about ourselves and our own future. We should actually be training our minds to make decisions based on God’s plan for our lives, understanding that we have a finite time on earth. He wants us to choose what matters.
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Reading Plan- Week Forty-Five
Day One- James 4
Day Two- James 5
Day Three- 1 Peter1
Day Four- 1 Peter 2
Day Five- 1 Peter 3