1 Peter 1:13 – Verse of the Day 2/14/15
In some sports, you have to be ready for the play or else you will not be successful. Before you can catch a pass or take a shot, you have to get your mind ready or else you will drop the ball. The way that faith works is similar to this in some ways.
In this verse Paul tells us to get our minds ready so that we will be ready to face the difficulties of life with the hope of salvation. The phrase “prepare your minds for action” is a good translation of a phrase that literally reads “gird up the loins of your mind.” In Paul’s day, clothes for men often included a long tunic and a belt, and so it was necessary to tuck the tunic into the belt if you wanted to run. As we set our minds on the hope we have in Christ, we should prepare our minds to run after him!
Spend some time in prayer, reflecting on what Jesus has done for you in order to forgive your sin. As you remember the hope you have because of Jesus, ask the Lord to prepare your mind to follow Him. Ask the Lord for the willingness to follow Him without hesitation and no matter the consequence. Remember the eternal consequences of Jesus’ gift to you and take comfort and hope from what he has done!