“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 )

The Lord has called us to be holy people and shining lights in this dark, polluted, sin stricken world. One of the frequently asked questions is “Is it possible to live a holy life in this wicked and vile world?” Apostle Peter tells that it is possible to live a holy life in this polluted world. Joseph of the Old Testament who experienced the New Testament grace, stands as an example for what Peter exhorts. Joseph asked “how can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?” Here Apostle Peter talks about our mind. Mind is an unseen and subtle faculty of our being. Anyone can pretend to be spiritual yet remain filthy in thought life. Our mind has a connection with our action.  “And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually”(Genesis 6: 5). “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee” (Proverbs 23: 7). So the key to live pure in this impure world is our mind. Read Philippians 4: 8. Our actions will be pure when our mind is pure and vice-versa.  Apostle Peter tells us about five kinds of mind that help us to live pure in this impure world.

1. Girded Mind:  “Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind…” (1 Peter 1: 13a). It literally means to pull your wandering thoughts together. It is like disciplining our mind. Loose thoughts are really dangerous. The picture that Apostle Peter brings out here is of a robbed man who tucks his skirt under his belt and is ready to run just as how Joseph ran out of Portiphar’s house.“Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;” ( 2 Corinthians 10: 5). Our outlook determines the outcome. When we fail to gird up the mind, our conscience becomes blunt and our mind refuses to think. One of the tragedies is that men refuse to think until they are incapable of thinking.

2. Sober Mind: “….  be sober…” (1 Peter 1: 13). Be sober means to be calm, steady, to weigh matters. It also means to bring one’s mind under stability in every trying circumstance. When adversities strike, a sober mind always rests and trust on God’s sovereign authority. Apostle Paul was not moved when the captain of the ship despised his words. When calamities struck he stuck to his God, Whose he was and Whom he served. In fact, he encouraged the people in the shipwreck saying “be of good cheer” in Acts 27: 22 & 25.  A sober mind will not speak amiss.

3. Controlled Mind: “….not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance” (1 Peter 1: 14b) When we were sinners, we walked ignorantly according to our flesh, sin, satan and the world. But now after receiving salvation, we should possess a controlled mind. 1 Peter 1: 15 “But as He which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation” In Christianity, the lack of self control in the one evident thing in relation to the return of Jesus Christ. “Not conforming” is the Greek meaning of “not fashioning” found in vs. 14. Romans 12: 2 “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” The more our mind is renewed, the more our lives are transformed and changed. More than asking God for a changed life, ask God for a renewed mind. Renewing of the mind results in inconformity and transformation. This means we must use the strictest self control of mind. A controlled mind does not avoid sin but hates sin.

 

4. Obedient Mind: “As obedient children ….” (1 Peter 1: 14). Obedience is a true test of a changed life. An obedient mind will say, “Lord as you are interested in my character than my comfort so do I” It will accept and obey God’s chastening. An adamant child can be controlled by giving a candy or by showing a cane. If a candy is used, the child willfully behaves adamant expects another candy. If a cane is used, it ceases to be adamant. A candy spoils a child but a cane molds that child. “And now, Israel, what doth the Lord thy God require of thee, but to fear the Lord thy God, to walk in all His ways, and to love Him, and to serve the Lord thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul, To keep the commandments of the Lord, and His statutes, which I command thee this day for thy good?” (Deuteronomy 10: 11 & 12). We cannot possess an obedient mind and walk contrary to the Will of God. The only part of the Bible you believe is the part of the Bible that you obey. Lord Jesus Christ said “If you love Me, you will obey My commandments” The best measure of spiritual life is not ecstasy but obedience.

5. Hopeful Mind: “…..hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 1: 13.) The idea here is not about duration of the hope but the quality. A true Christian is optimistic about the return of Christ. “ Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when He shall appear, we shall be like Him; for we shall see Him as He is. And every man that hath this hope in Him purifieth himself, even as He is pure.” (1 John 3: 2 & 3). A Christian’s hope is based on the return of Christ, the redemption of Christ, the reliability of the Bible and the reward for the faithful. The future belongs to those who belong to God.