Since we live in the new covenant era, Peter says we must gird up the loins of our minds. “Gird up your loins” refers to tucking a long robe into the belt in order to be ready for physical activity. But this phrase is not applied to clothing by Peter, but to the mind. So take a moment of honest self-examination: How are the loins of your mind?
You can go wrong in at least two ways. On the one hand, your mind could be hanging loose like some unfurled Israelite brick-layer on the third hour of a 30-minute lunch break. This error means your mind is undisciplined and unsteady. You’d rather go get a tooth pulled than have to face off in one of those Bible sword drill contests. And when the world, the flesh, and the devil run a three-man blitz on you, your mind lacks the training to stay in the pocket, make your reads, and complete the pass.
On the other hand, there is the error of having the loins of your mind wound up like the knotted robe of a Galilean who just finished break dancing in a tornado. You have not hit the mark simply because your mind churns from one anxiety to the next. The goal is a girded mind, not one wound so tight it cuts off circulation to the frontal lobe.
The solution to both of these errors is meditation upon God’s Word. You can possess a sober mind that is ready for the next fiery trial. But there is no other way than this: Hear the Word, Believe the Word, Obey the Word.
Jared Longshore – October 8, 2023