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Prepare Your Mind
Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober,
and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the
revelation of Jesus Christ. (1 Peter 1:13)
Your mind is a wonderful thing! You can memorize
life-changing passages of Scripture that can undergird you in your daily life;
you can meditate upon God’s Word, discovering His magnificent truths; you can
discern between truth and falsehood; you can recall God’s past blessings.
Some of God’s most effective servants were those
who disciplined their minds for His service. Moses, educated in the best
schools of Egypt, assembled the books of the Law for the Israelites. Isaiah
used his scholarly mind to write an exalted prophetic book in Scripture. Paul
learned under Gamaliel, the outstanding teacher of his day, and it was through
Paul that God presented much of the theology found in the New Testament.
Sadly, many Christians today do not exercise their
minds to be of service to God. They allow others to do their spiritual thinking
for them. If they can find their theology from a book, they will not bother to
study God’s Word themselves. If a speaker makes an authoritative statement,
they readily accept it without verifying whether it is biblical.
Paul urged Christians to strive for maturity in
their thinking (1 Cor. 14:20). He said there was a time when his spiritual
thinking was immature, but he had prepared his mind to know and understand the
great truths of God (1 Cor. 13:11). He had not allowed others to do his
thinking for him. When you became a Christian, God renewed your mind (Rom.
12:2). Be certain to use your mind in a way that brings glory to God.