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1 Peter 1:13: “Therefore, gird your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”

A quick sidebar here: when I was stating the number of occurrences yesterday for the words “gird”, “loins”, and “truth”, I glanced at the last verse of the list on “loins”. There was the reference to 1 Peter 1:13. Having already quoted the definition of loins according to Merriam-Webster.com, I was intrigued because the verse above also is translated as “gird up the loins of your mind…”. My Ryrie Bible has the following footnote on this verse: “gird your minds for action = be disciplined in your thinking. A figure of speech (lit. gird up the loins of your mind) based on the gathering and fastening up of the long Eastern garments so that they would not interfere with the individual’s activity.”

Most physical fitness enthusiasts (and I have a friend who I consider such an expert) would agree that “core training” is very important to overall strength development of the human body. When you develop and strengthen the “core” (the abdominals and lower back muscle groups), you help create a foundation for overall muscle development, growth, and health. If you have a strong core, you are able to support development of other major muscle areas as well as support the strains on the physical body in other lifting activities. I have seen Olympic weightlifters on television picking up those huge barbells of weight, going for the record books. While they are extremely physically built, they have to have a strong core or foundation to be able to build up to lifting that much weight. However, I’ve also noticed what a good many of them wear when they are pressing that much weight; a support belt to protect those core muscles (especially the back), so they do not injure themselves.

We must daily gird ourselves for action, so that we have no worldly interference with what God wants us to do in His service today. Our strong foundation, our core, is the truth of Jesus Christ, God the Son, Who was the perfect sacrifice for our sins, Who died and was resurrected, Who lives and reigns today in Heaven. God may have some heavy lifting for you today; are you properly girded?

Have a blessed day!

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