Monday, October 8, 2012

1 Peter 1:13-16

“Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.”
In the ancient world, the loins of a garment would be about waist high. “Girding up the loins” simply meant taking the long flowing garments (the robes that they were wearing) and tying them up higher with a belt so that they would be able to move more freely and quickly. Often you would see this phrase used in the Old Testament, when God was leading the Jews into battle, or starting them on a long journey. What He was telling them to do was to prepare themselves for mobility, action, and efficiency.
Here in 1 Peter 1:13, God tells Christians to “gird up the loins of your minds,” which is simply His saying, “prepare your minds to be efficient, ready, prepared, complete for service for Me.” Here in these verses, Peter calls this “girding” of your minds a matter of being “obedient.” Furthermore, He says that this “girding” includes being “holy.” Although this is largely unpopular in culture today, the Christian life demands that in order to be obedient to the call of Christ, we must be willing to hone and sharpen our minds on the things of God. We must study Who He is, that we may know Him. We must think and pray, and meditate on His word, so that we can better present Him to others. So how are you doing? Do you sharpen your mind, or do you allow it to go numb with entertainment? Would your actions with your free time be considered “girding the loins of your mind,” or do you use your free time to just let your mind go? My prayer for today is that God will be magnified, and glorified in our holy effort to sharpen our minds for Him.
Food for Thought: List out some ways that you can “gird up the loins of your minds.”