Tightening the Belt
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; ~1 Peter 1:13
During Peter’s days, everyone wore long, flowing garments. When they needed to go on an extended journey or needed to run, they would pull up their garment and tighten it very snugly at the waist level so that they would not be impeded by it. It prevented falling and being slowed down. Using this imagery, Peter exhorts us to tighten the belt around our thoughts.
We see the prohibited.
“As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance….” The first thing we must do in girding up the loins of our mind is to not conform ourselves to our past life in the flesh. We must avoid living a life of rebellion and, instead, live in obedience to the Word and will of God. We fight with the old nature every day, and we must be in submission to the Holy Spirit to be victorious.
We see the practices.
“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.” We are called to be a holy people. This requires that we live a life separated from worldly amusements, worldly accomplices, worldly ambition, and worldly attitudes. Holiness is attained through time in the presence of God. We must see God’s holiness as Isaiah did in Isaiah 6. His holiness must overwhelm us in seeing how sinfully vile we are and our great need for purging and cleansing. Holiness is becoming more like our Lord.