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.
When I play sports, or even when I coach them, I think ahead to the game and I visualize how I will play. I think of myself taking a couple of step-overs or sliding in for a crunching tackle. Then, in the game, I execute what I have imagined. I also think about meetings before they happen. I try and think what the goal is and I run through the possible things other people say in the meeting. Then I go into the meeting prepared. We need to prepare our minds for action.
In the most fundamental ways, we must drill ourselves and prepare our minds for following Jesus each day. This means anticipating how Jesus will be relevant for the studies, the labour, or the relationships that I will engage. This means studying scripture and talking to wise people in order to be fully trained mentally for life’s ups and downs. I have heard many Christians who want relevant studies. In other words they want studies that deal with life’s circumstances which they have right now. However, wiser Christians take a broader approach. All of the scripture is God-breathed and wise because it applies to all of life’s situations that I might face. Even as a man, I must know God’s words for women because my wife, daughter or mother might seek counsel.
The focus and the desire is to serve Jesus and relate to him fully. It is not to further my own little agenda or feel the most pleasure. Focusing on how Christ would have us die, for example, can be morbid for some because their lives are so precious to them. However, a mind focused on Jesus anticipates how death can be the most profound opportunity to serve.
The Christians of Peter’s day could possibly die for their faith. they had to prepare themselves for all eventualities. That will sober you up. It would be frivolous to focus on pleasure-seeking or partying in light of such persecution. We should see this life as having weight and meaning.
God, my mind seems more dull than it has been in the past. I think I am busy and tired. I pray that I would dedicate my mind to thoughts about you and your kingdom.
- What is the ‘therefore’ there for?
- What is the mind to focus upon?
- Isn’t sober-minded dull and boring?
- What do you focus upon?
- How could you visualize life more in light of your faith?