This morning I found myself meditating and thanking God for an amazing week of
revival services with brother Morris Gleiser. This week I was challenged,
encouraged and convicted many times; and I found my soul truly revived in the
calling and expectations of my Heavenly Father. As I continued my personal study
in God’s Word, I was struck by a verse in 1 Peter that is so applicable coming off
such an amazing week.
Peter starts his letter reminding believers across the globe of the incorruptible,
pure, eternal inheritance that awaits us in heaven (vs 4). He then begins to remind
us in the verses to follow of what that understanding should bring about in our lives.
I found myself focusing this morning on verse 13 which reminds us “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;”
This verse was the perfect call to action after a wonderful week of being challenged
by God’s Word. My thoughts today have been on the first phrase of this verse with
the command of girding up the loins of your mind. One commentator says this “the
allusion here is to the manner in which the Orientals were accustomed to dress. They
wear loose, flowing robes, so that, when they wish to run, or to fight, or to apply
themselves to any business, they are obliged to bind their garments close around
The correlation to our spiritual lives is fairly simple. We must have our minds in
constant preparation to live out our calling as Christians. Satan often doesn’t need to
do much in our lives to cripple us for Christ’s use because we have enough “on our
plate” which will keep us from doing much for Christ.
This hit home to me as I remembered all the Holy Spirit challenged me with this
week during the messages. However, being challenged is only half of the battle. I
must now, with the Lords help, live out the changes and reminders He gave me. This
can only be accomplished if we are constantly preparing our minds so that Christ will
have first place in our thoughts and actions.
So, I ask you today, how prepared is your mind? Have you girded up your mind to
win the daily battle of dying to self and living for Christ? May that be the desire of all
our lives as we seek to honor and glorify our great Savior!