THEREFORE, PREPARE YOUR MINDS FOR ACTION, KEEP SOBER IN SPIRIT, FIX YOUR HOPE COMPLETELY ON THE GRACE TO BE BROUGHT TO YOU AT THE REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST.
1 Peter 1:13 (NASB)
Preparation is necessary in all aspects of our life, work or household, pleasure or in health. Thus, it is no surprise that in spiritual matters preparation is also required. Prayer and Bible study are essential to our daily survival in this world we live in. Our walk with God is not only a short-term strategy, but also a long term preparation for our future with God either through the Rapture or in death (Colossians 3:4).
In our verse today the preparation is illustrative of action; securing any loose clothing in such a way to make movement unhindered (Ephesians 6:14). But how do you gird up your mind? I would suggest that as Christians we need to use our mind efficiently, not cluttering it with pointless stuff. This brings us to the command to “keep sober in spirit.” Being sober minded is a lifesaving strategy in our wicked world with many traps for the unwary (1Peter 5:8). The practice of spiritual sobriety has three elements: Abstinence, Alertness and Calmness.
Abstinence takes us back to the question of what we feed our mind with, what kind of media we consume and how much we consume? If we feed our mind junk or worse wickedness that is exactly what we will produce in turn. We need to be alert to temptations and traps that Satan lays before us in life, that we can turn away from them. Calmness relates to our serenity of spirit, confidence in the provision of God’s protection. These three cords entwine making our spiritual sobriety in Almighty God secure each day.
Dear reader, in confidence of your preparations “fix your hope completely” on your future hope, looking for and expecting your reward in Jesus Christ someday. By the Grace of Almighty God if you know and love His Son, you will see Him face to face at the end of days. Be sure to be prepared for it!
Alan Kearns is a Christian father and grandfather from Scotland. He was raised in the mining villages of Fife and came to know Jesus as his Lord and Savior in 1984. A major influence that leads Alan to Jesus was his Christian mum, grandparents and an aunt. Alan writes regular devotionals in his blog Devotional Treasures
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Amen! This is such powerful information: abstinence, alertness, calmness. Alan is one of my favorite devotional writers.
Amen! We are so privledged to have Alan as one of our writers. He is always a blessing!