Daily Devotional

Prepared for action

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Prepare your minds for action; discipline yourselves; set all your hope on the grace that Jesus Christ will bring you when he is revealed.

- 1 Peter 1:13 (NRSV)

Sunshine and warm temperatures were expected on Monday, and I had planned to do some landscaping. But when Monday arrived, I could find only one gardening glove, and my small shovel was nowhere to be seen. Frustrated by my unsuccessful search for supplies, I gave up on the task I had planned to complete.

Just as it is important to be prepared for physical tasks like yard work, it is also important that we are prepared mentally and spiritually each day for the tasks God has in store. We can’t always know ahead of time what “God-appointments” we will have on a given day, but we can prepare our minds for action. Through scripture, prayer, and the expectation that God will throw unforeseen assignments my way; we can be prepared ahead of time. And when we’re ready, we’re more apt to obey.

Recently I felt the nudge to call the mother of my son’s friend to invite her son to a church event. I made the call because my mind was prepared for action. The young man came with us and had so much fun that he hopes to return.

God honors our preparation by allowing us to be the sowers of seeds for God’s reign on earth.

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