Ever get home after a long day and sit down in front of the television and zone out? I think everybody has. I know I have, especially on those grueling days when my brain is desperately tired. Giving it a rest is probably good for it.
But have you noticed that the things on television are skewing more and more toward stupid? I don’t really watch much television, honestly, mostly because I just can’t stand the drivel that’s on it. A good percentage of it is trash. Not even good storytelling.
Granted, then you have brilliant shows like Sherlock or Broadchurch or Downton Abbey or Doctor Who that challenge your thinking and feed your wit. (Is it coincidence they’re all British?) Regardless of whether you watch television (British or otherwise) or read books, there’s a difference between letting your mind rest and allowing your mind to be dull.
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.
How do you prepare your mind for action? What does that even mean? To me, that means making sure you are healthy, so that you can think well. But it also means that your thinking needs to be straight, and that only happens when you align your thinking with what God says.
We don’t have the Bible so that it can act as a paperweight. We don’t have the Bible so we can club people with it. We have the Bible so we can read it, so we can hear God’s Word, so we can learn how to live, so we can know what is right and what is wrong and what God expects of us.
But how can you know what it says if you never open it? If you never read it, you’ll never know what God wants to tell you. Now, it’s true, you can hear God’s word from other people. From your church. From your pastor. From your friends. But God wants to speak to you directly, and He will through the pages of the Bible.
But it’s so much easier just to live life being told what to do, isn’t it? You don’t have to think. You don’t have to reason. You don’t have to choose. But what kind of life is that? It’s not meaningful, I’ll say that much.
Part of preparing your mind for action is taking responsibility for the way you live, for the choices you make, and to do that, you have to understand your options. You have to know what God says is right and what God says is wrong.
So don’t zone out. Don’t let your mind get dull. Get ready for action. Following Christ is an adventure like no other, and you don’t want to miss out because you weren’t paying attention.