Prepare Your Mind for Action
1 Peter 1
Focus 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. As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct…” 1 Peter 1: 13-15
Take a moment and reflect on who you are. What or who do you love the most? What do you value in life? What do you spend your time doing? Now think about how you became who you are today. Did you purposefully become who you are, or did you allow outside influences to mold you into the person you are today? Lovingly, 1 Peter 1:13-15 commands us to purposefully be holy by preparing our minds to live in a Christ-centered way–from the inside out.
1 Peter 1:13-15 says, “…preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct…” Here, Peter exhorted early believers to be holy, as God Himself is holy. Moreover, Peter emphatically warned readers that they can only accomplish this by purposefully preparing their minds to be molded by God’s nature (through His Word), so they will not be conformed by outside influences.
Outside influences can be anything from worrying about external circumstances, to absorbing oneself in entertainment, and to mimicking friends who live according to the flesh. Paul tells us to purposefully prepare our minds to face these outside influences when he says, “prepare your minds for action…” We must purposefully read and meditate on God’s Word, making sure that our minds are molded by God-centered thoughts and not conformed to the pattern and the characteristics of this world. What type of thoughts usually consume your mind? Prepare your mind for action by focusing on Scripture today.
Slowly read through 1 Peter chapter one, focus on the holiness and righteousness of God. He calls us to be like Him, living lives that honor Him in every way.
Pray the Scriptures. Pray 1 Peter 1 back to God. Look for at least one verse that stands out that you can pray back to God.
- Example: 1 Thessalonians 2:12: “Lord, help me to live a life worthy of You, who has called me into Your kingdom and glory. Help me to also encourage and comfort others in this same calling!”
Prayer: Spend time in prayer, loving God through Worship, Repentance, Thanksgiving, and presenting your requests to Him with Thanksgiving.
Take the time to connect with the Lord through praise and worship. Simply enjoy God’s wonderful presence. Feel free to sing along with your favorite worship music or make up songs as they come to you. Allow the Holy Spirit to energize your praise and worship time. God inhabits the praises of His people!
Repent of your sins. Ask the Holy Spirit to show you the areas that stand in the way of your relationship with God. Repent as the Holy Spirit leads you to and ask God to forgive you for any sins you are aware of. Also, ask God for help to overcome habitual sins.
Thank God for who He is, and thank Him for the blessings he’s given you. Then present your God-directed needs and desires before Him. Ask in reverence and boldness. Also, ask for the Holy Spirit to show you other things He wants you to bring before God.
Application: Prayerfully decide whether or not the passage reveals a specific application and/or a broader Biblical truth. Asking the Holy Spirit for help, apply the Biblical truth specifically to your life.
Journaling. Listen for that still small voice. Let God know that you desire to hear from Him. Be still before God and listen to whatever He might say. Make sure it does not contradict the Bible.
Optional Additional Reading: Psalm 19