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August 7, 2007 / beidson

What To Do With Your Loins

There are a lot of things you might do with your “loins” these days, especially if you follow the lead of pop culture, with its voluminous references to mid-section motions. However, Scripture would have us do something other than seduce with our loins . . . try “girding” them up for a change.
I know it’s not often that you hear someone refer to their mid-section as “loins”, and chances are even more rare that you would hear someone advise you to “gird” them up. We don’t use this language anymore, at least, most people I know do not. But the point remains: our loins are to be girded, not gyrated.
Perhaps you’re familiar with the King James version of Ephesians 6:14, “Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth . . . ” The ESV translates the same verse, “Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth . . . ” The NIV says, “Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist . . .” The point is obvious: our waist (loins) is a place for truth, not seduction.
Commentators have given much wisdom and insight into what it means to “gird up your loins” with the “belt of truth” and their words are sufficient. Whatever it might mean, it includes a command to gaurd ourselves from Satan, sin and the flesh by having the truth wrapped tightly around our minds and hearts.
But it is interesting that, quite literally, our “loins” today are not known for being a place to protect, but rather for being a place one ought to expose, in whatever way you can without getting into trouble. And so music, magazines, movies, television shows, etc., encourage men to view their mid-sections as sirens to alert women of their sexual lusts, and women to use their mid-sections as seductive lures to entice prowling men. Whatever the use may be, the loins are certainly not known for being holy weapons, metaphorically speaking, of course. They are anything but holy, though they are indeed weapons, but for unrighteousness.
In Luke 12:35-36, Jesus warns us, “Stay dressed for action (KJV reads: Let your loins be girded about) and keep your lamps burning, and be like men who are waiting for their master to come home from the wedding feast, so that they may open the door to him at once when he comes and knocks” (ESV). 1 Peter 1:13 commands you to be “preparing your minds for action, (and) being sober-minded . . .” So “girding up our loins” means to prepare our minds for action. But why?
Peter tells us. “Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct” (1 Peter 1:13-5). We ought to control our mid-sections, and even more specifically, our minds because Jesus Christ will be revealed to us one day in person when he comes again to judge the world, to judge us for how we have used our “loins.”
Our hope is in the One who was born from a woman’s loins, who was the King promised to come from Abraham’s loins, the One who births us into God’s family, by the “loins” of his Spirit. And he will return to judge the nations that have come from Adam and Eve’s loins. Our master will return soon, and we ought to be waiting at the door to receive him, with our loins girded and our lamps burning. His loins will be resting on a white horse, and in righteousness he will judge and make war against those who have despised his coming.
In the meantime they may continue to use their loins for evil, but the day will come when they must bow before Jesus Christ, loins and all, and confess that he is Lord. I pray God would use me to change their minds before he comes, so that they too would be ready to receive the Master at the door, having their loins “girt about with truth.”
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