1 Peter 1:13 (NKJV)  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;

“Gird up the loins of your mind…” I dare you to run around today saying that to everyone you meet. You’ll probably get a collection of stares, laughs and maybe a straightjacket.

What does it mean though, “gird up your loins”? Sounds like something you need to get a shot for at the doctor’s office, but it’s not. Without giving you the whole background you could say it today as “tie up all your loose ends” or “secure everything in anticipation of the work at hand” or “remove any obstacles that will inhibit what you need to do”.  It means deal with the spiritually loose ends of your mind and emotions; correct any wrong thinking (with the Bible as your rule of thumb); get out of the way any thoughts or emotions that hinder your spiritual race; don’t let anything exist in your life that will you to stumble in your Christian walk.

What are some of those things? Ignored or indulged sin, unresolved anger or bitterness, ungodly attitudes, conversations that are not uplifting and a blessing. They could also be situations or habits that hinder your faith; friendships or activities that trip you up spiritually.

Tie up, secure, deal with, fix (“gird up”) anything that will get in the way of your full holiness, service and devotion to Christ today.

Think It Over: Most of us Christians just “wing it” every day in our spiritual walk and don’t give much thought, planning or action to it. Front to back, the Bible continually speaks of our Christian journey being one of purpose, willful choices, hard work, alertness, planning, diligence and full effort. ACTION, not passivessness. How hard do you work at living out your faith?

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