Prepare Your Mind

Series: The Foreigners | Week 1: Travel Plans

Read 1 Peter 1:13-16

1. What action words do you see in these verses?
2. How are we encouraged to live?
3. Who is our model?

Yesterday we learned that we’re in a long-awaited time in history when we can receive the salvation bought for us by Jesus. Because of this, Peter gives a call to holy living. His call begins with the phrase, “prepare your minds for action.” The Greek phrase for this is “gird up the loins of your mind,” which was an Oriental custom of gathering up garments so you could run. In other words, be ready.

This type of readiness means being mentally alert, disciplined, and focused on where our hope comes from. Doing that means denying our old ways of living and the pull of the world. We’re called to be holy (set apart), giving all of ourselves to God.

Would you describe your mind as prepared for action? Or is there a distraction you’ve allowed to make you complacent, for instance, technology or the pursuit of things over God? Bring it to Him now in prayer, confessing where you’ve not sharpened your mind to follow Him wholeheartedly. Thank Him for calling you to something higher and for modeling holiness.

Want to go deeper? Read Philippians 4:8, and write down all the things we’re called to think about. Post the verse in a place where you’ll see it regularly as a reminder to prepare your mind.

The Foreigners