So prepare your minds for action and exercise self-control. Put all your hope in the gracious salvation that will come to you when Jesus Christ is revealed to the world. - 1 Peter 1:13
As I reflected on this verse today, I was drawn to Peter's three spiritual disciplines he outlines for Christ followers in the early church. As I thought about each of these it caused me to examine my daily spiritual disciplines and identify ways to ensure my life is in alignment with these wise words.
Prepare your mind for action - I am able to do this by reading, memorizing, and meditating on God's word each day - dedicating time to soak in the revelation of God and allow it to guide my thinking and attitude. I am able to do this through prayer and remembering Jesus' instructions on how to pray in Matthew 6. These disciplines prepare my heart for engaging the ones I love, making decisions in my business, and serving my clients.
Exercise self-control - With my mind and attitude set properly on Christ and filled with the word of God, I am able to exercise greater self-control. I must be proactive though in what I allow my eyes and ears to experience each day. I must have proper boundaries with people, social media, my sleeping and eating. Without these boundaries I am more easily drawn into living life to please my flesh rather find peace living life in the Spirit.
Put all your hope in salvation - I must remember to not put my hope in the approval of others - the money I earn - the size of my home - or the number of clients I serve. My hope must be in the gift of salvation which comes through Christ. Remembering this daily give me the perspective I need as I lead those I love and serve.
I am reminded today to anxiously await the return of Christ while focusing on these spiritual disciplines which can guide my daily living and leading of those I love and serve.
Holy Spirit guide me and convict me to live out the wise words of Peter each day. Father, thank you for the gift of salvation through your son Jesus. Give me the strength that I need to take action daily and protect myself from evil. Jesus, my hope is in you! Show men your way. Guide me in truth, all my days. Amen
- As a leader in the home and at work, how do you prepare your mind each day for action?
- As a leader in the home and at work, how do you exercise self-control with those you love, lead, and serve?
- As a leader in the home and at work, where is your hope?
Make it a great day!