Worthy to invest in
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. So you must live as God’s obedient children. Don’t slip back into your old ways of living to satisfy your own desires. You didn’t know any better then. 1 Peter 1:13-14
“Mind is a terrible thing to waste!” This was the slogan of an advertisement promoting college scholarship program. Our minds are a wonderful thing to invest in. God can place in our minds, by exposing them in His word, life-changing truths that can strengthen our daily living. It is through our minds that we can discover valuable truths that will help us decide and discern right from wrong. It is through our minds that we can recall God’s past wonderful blessings and promises. From the text, the Apostle Peter was reminding the believers who are undergoing tremendous persecutions because of their faith valuable truths that will strengthen and sustain them. He encouraged them to not lose sight of what God will provide for them when they realized the future hope God promised to His children. We are certainly called upon to live our lives here and now. We have responsibilities we need to fulfill and God wants us to be committed and faithful to our responsibilities. And there are times we will have our lives just running smoothly or they could be difficult and tough, yet God’s admonition is for us to continue to prepare our minds looking ahead to what He has for us in the future. “Let heaven fill your thoughts. Do not think only about the things down here on earth” (Colossians 3:2). It will be sad if we let our minds be filled with worries and cares that will lead us to despair. No matter what causes despair and disappointments in your minds right now, always remember that they are temporary. Your permanent place is to be with Him for eternity because of your relationship with God. Meditate on His word and exercise your minds by letting His word speak through you. Do not allow others to think for you just because you will not be bothered studying God’s word. God’s word challenges us to strive in growing in our relationship with God and this begins with the things that we fill our minds with. “Dear brothers and sisters, don’t be childish in your understanding of these things. Be innocent as babies when it comes to evil, but be mature in understanding matters of this kind” (1 Corinthians 14:20). There was a point in time when Paul was immature in his thinking yet as he grew in understanding God’s word, he did not allow childish ways to prevail. “When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child. But when I grew up, I put away childish things” (1 Corinthians 13:11). Every action you take starts in your thinking and God calls you to constantly renew your mind by the truth He revealed to you in His word. Be decisive to let God and His Spirit use your mind in a way that He will be glorified in your life.