“Gird up the loins of your mind, be sober.” 1 Peter 1: 13
“Are. . . .You. . . Thinking. . . About. . . .” These words posted on four consecutive signs on the side of the road did what they intended to do. They caught my attention. A red light held me in suspense, however, as the fifth sign was unreadable from where I was stopped. “Are. . . .You. . . Thinking. . . About. . . .” Let’s see. What was I thinking about? And what in the world were they expecting me to be thinking about? The light turned green, and the suspense was shattered with an answer farthest from my thoughts: Botox cosmetics.
No. I was not thinking about Botox cosmetics. But what was I thinking about? Was it something true, honest, just, pure, lovely, of good report, virtuous, or even praiseworthy? (Philippians 4:8)
Scripture says to “be sober,” which has nothing to do with avoiding fun and walking around with long faces. To “be sober” means we never allow worldly suggestions to intoxicate our thoughts and leave us staggering through life. We “gird up the loins” of our minds. We reject wrong thoughts and opt for right ones. We are the ones who determine the answer to the question, “What’s on your mind?”
So, what. . . are. . . you. . .thinking. . . about? Guarding our thoughts, being sober-minded, and meditating on eternal truth will produce a transformation the Bible calls the “renewing of the mind.” (Romans 12:2)
And that kind of renewal is guaranteed to leave noticeable results – ones that are even life-changing.
Father, purify our minds by Your grace. Keep us mindful of thoughts we’re not ashamed to share with You. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
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