I Peter 1:13 tells us: “Wherefore girt 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”. The first part of I Peter chapter 1 is all about our great salvation. It is about the benefits and the joys that we can have while going through trials and testings. Our salvation, and what we believe about our salvation, should be seen in our daily living. If we really believe the things that Peter taught in the first 12 verses of I Peter chapter 1 about our inheritance and all the other things, it should affect us in the here and now. Our journey through life is similar to the story of Israel’s exodus from Egypt in the 12th chapter of the book of Exodus. Exodus 12:11 says: “And thus shall ye eat it; with your loins girded, your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your hand…”. In those days, the dress was long flowing robes. They were to take that long robe and bring it up between their legs and tuck it into their belt so that there would be no encumbrances! They were prepared for their journey and were prepared to leave quickly. They were headed for the Promised Land! We, as Christians, should also be prepared to leave quickly either through death or the Rapture because we are also headed for the Promised Land!
Therefore, I Peter 1:13 begins with the word “wherefore”. “Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober…”. When we get saved, we begin our journey. We need to be sober in our thinking. When we think of the word “sober”, we usually think of someone who is not intoxicated. When a person is intoxicated, they have no control. The substance with which they are intoxicated has the control. As believers, we should have control of our thinking. We need to be self-disciplined on our journey. It is easy to see the similarity between the children of Israel wandering in the wilderness and our journey to the Promised Land. We live in the wilderness, so how do we gird up our minds? We must have hope. I Peter 1:13 says: “…and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ”. Sometimes we get so busy living our lives that we forget to look at the end. We need to focus on the prize that is set before us. There is a destination to our journey! The hope of every Christian is the resurrection and the revelation of Jesus Christ! We should be ready for His coming! We should keep our minds pure; keep the loins of our minds girded! It says: “…for the grace that is to be brought…” We are saved by grace. Ephesians 2:8 tells us: “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:” We are to live by the grace that He gives us all the way to the end of our journey! Our hope is rooted in God’s amazing grace! I Peter 1:14-15 says that we are to be: “As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation”. In the Bible, the word “conversation” not only means the way we talk but also the way we live our lives; the way we behave ourselves. I Peter 1:17 says: “And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man’s work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear”. Proverbs 8:13 says: “The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.” I Peter 1:16 says: “Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.” I Peter 1:18 & 19: “Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold…But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot”.