1 Peter 1:13-16 – “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; 14 as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance; 15 but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, 16 because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.” NKJV
Without question, there is a visual of the long robes they wore and when they were performing labor or service they would tuck them in their girdles or waistbands so as to be able to move freely without hindrance. Although I fully concur that we must allow our minds to be free of encumbrances so as to bring every thought captive to the obedience of Christ there is something more in this passage that I hope to offer.
The loins are always understood as that part of the anatomy from which reproduction comes or is initiated. Therefore, if we are to gird up the loins of our minds could it not be understood that we are to prepare ourselves so that our minds can give birth to thought and thereby imagination and creativity. Is it not in the loins of the mind that we encounter our LORD in knowledge and fellowship? Is it not in the loins of our mind that we embrace His life and have our minds renewed so that we become one with Him in our consciousness thought?
If out of the physical loins, reproduction is possible then out of the mind’s loins we give birth to thought. Peter’s instruction is, in my view, a directive and encouragement to bring our minds into obedience to Christ and thereby resting our hope squarely on the grace that comes to us through the revelation of Christ. It is through this that we are better prepared and capable of obedience in all things.
I find it disturbing that too many in Christendom give so little importance to the mind. I am not suggesting mind over matter or any other metaphysical activity but I am saying that our minds are incredibly important in our spiritual development and walk. If we are as we think in our hearts then how could we not understand the value of the mind? The mind, like the muscles in our physical body, must be exercised to have strength, discipline and grow. In the things of God if we are to bring every thought captive to the obedience of Christ we must learn to gird up the loins of our minds.
I encourage you to allow God to expand your mind, stretch your thinking and infuse into you an ever expanding imagination guided and led by the Holy Spirit. How far can you think in Christ? God bless you as you go through this day!