Prepare For Action

As I was reading in 1 Peter, I was engaged by this passage: therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance; but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.” 1 Peter 1:13-16
As I read this over and over, meditating on the word, it dawned on me what it was saying to me.
It spoke to me backwards!
The last part of the verse is what stuck in my mind; be holy, for I am holy.
To me every Christian should be a reflection of the Father.
The words of Jesus should be true for us as much as they were for Him.
Those words are he who has seen Me has seen the Father. John 14:9
Is it too much to ask of us to be holy?
Peter has given us the blueprint to accomplish it.
Starting with gird up the loins of your mind.
The NIV says prepare your minds for action.
The word loins in Greek does certainly mean the hip area.
It was common for folks to bundle their robes up and tie (gird) them so as to be ready for action, as in running.
Another meaning is that the hip area (loin) is for procreative purposes, which is why you might see the phrase “fruit of the loins”.
Therefore gird up the loins of your mind could mean “get ready for action” and “get ready for procreation.”
Procreation for the Christian is accomplished by spreading the Gospel and seeing the results of that in the lost accepting Jesus as Savior.
I get my mind ready for action with prayer and meditation on God’s word.
This is necessary to stay away from the “former lusts” that I once lived in all the time.
Once my mind is prepared I can go forward.
Though it’s very difficult at times, it is the only way to move into the holiness that God desires me to live by!

One thought on “Prepare For Action

  1. Sence we’re all still here your message is “better late than never.” Funny how our minds run. Just as in a church service folks get differing messages. “Porcreation” I knew a “sister” once with several kids, married even longer. She insisted marrage was for porcreation. Once finished child bearing the phisical part of marrage was over. Well that marrage ended in deviorce because of her…”former lusts.” Wheather born again or not life is a battle for the mind. The only way to have a sound mind & loveing heart is to saturate self with the aboulte truth of God.

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