Prepare your mind for action. 

I was not one to study in high school. I’ve always been a live in the moment person and that created quite a bit of problems for me when it came to grades. My Dad had a standard, nothing below a B- and I knew he meant it, but that always seemed like “tomorrow” Holly’s problem and tomorrow Holly was super responsible and organized, it would be nothing for her to handle. So, I would wrap up my responsibilities in a care package and send them on ahead. The only problem, there is no “tomorrow” Holly. So, the test would come, I would maybe cram before it (but probably not) and then BOOM, grounded. 

Do you ever get so stuck in the moment you forget about the big picture. I was so obsessed with “right now” that I didn’t look at the consequences of my actions.  I still fall into this trap. I often get so lost in politics, people’s opinions, and the dramas of the world that I forget this is temporary. I fill my head with the world and it’s problems to the point where it’s all that is in my head, but it’s loud and it’s right now so it feels important. So, instead of being sober minded and thinking on things that are pure I am consumed by the moment and then I put the gospel off for tomorrow. Thinking, maybe future Holly will handle it better. 

Peter warns us, however, that we need to be prepared TODAY because trials are on their way. Jesus is on His way. And we need to be ready.

So the question is, how do we prepare? What can we do TODAY

 

  1. Be sober minded (1 Peter 1:13). Do not let the world consume your mind, but let the Holy Spirit reign. 
  2. Set hope in Jesus Christ (1 Peter 1:13). Live in the freedom that you are forgiven, preach the gospel to yourself EVERYDAY. 
  3. Do not be conformed by your flesh (1 Peter 1:14). Repent from your sins. 
  4. Abide(1 Peter 1:22). Obedience purifies your soul. 
  5. Read the Bible. The word of the Lord remains forever. (1 Peter 1:25)

 

It would be so much easier if we didn’t need to study or prepare. If we could depend on perfect versions of ourselves to show up whenever we needed them, but that is not reality. God is knocking and we have to choose to open the door. We have to take the steps to kill our flesh in order for him to reign.