I have to admit that I talk a lot about things I'm “going to do,” but never get around to actually doing. There are things that I do, that while small and seemingly insignificant, either lead me toward fulfilling my purpose or lead me away from it.
Ultimately, who you become is influenced by what you are currently doing. The small habits, the daily routines, the little things that you do each day all add up to become the whole of what you are.
1 Pet 1:13 says “therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled.” Many people allow their actions, or lack of, to sabotage their lives. Every positive action you take is something to build on, while every negative action tears away at your foundation. Being self-controlled is difficult, but in the then, is what makes the difference.
“Prepare you mind for action” means to think through what you are going to do. The context of this verse is about avoiding doing evil and doing what God wants. This simple step by step process is something I’m trying to get better at doing with regards to doing what is right.
- Read God’s word and ask Him what He wants for you.
- Pray and seek God’s will for your actions today.
- Stop doing the things that go against God’s will for your life.
- Begin doing the things that glorify Him and accomplish what He desires to do through you.
This is easier said than done, because our sinful nature rebels against God’s will. Only through the Holy Spirit’s power can we do what we are supposed to. Pray for His power and guidance.