I wrote the other day on the Inductive Bible Study Method and how I’m using it to go through 1 Peter. When my friend and I got together to go over it we really started talking about 1:13-16:
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, since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”
Great, okay, why did we get stuck on this? Well, what’s it mean to prepare your mind for action and be sober-minded? Another version says, “gird your mind”. Girded your loins was when you’d take your robe and tuck it into your belt so you were free to move quickly, unencumbered. Alright cool- prepare your mind so it can think unencumbered (basically). What about sober-minded? When you’re drunk, you can’t think clearly. You don’t make good decisions because your mind is clouded. While this isn’t talking about not being drunk, it is talking about keeping your mind clear so it can focus. Focus on what? This verse is saying so you can be focused on the grace that will be brought to us.
This led us into talking about a blog Piper wrote about If Christians should watch Game of Thrones. Does what you’re putting into your mind stir your affections for Jesus? Isn’t that how we should be looking at all things? Does it glorify God and does it stir your affections for your Savior? Two of the questions Piper has us ask are: Am I re-crucifying Christ? and Does it express or advance my holiness?
Those are fantastic questions we can take to everything. Now, I know, when we start doing this, it starts making us uncomfortable (or at least it does me). It makes me feel like I’m going to start getting into legalism. Where I can’t do ANYTHING. No movies, no music, no books other than the Bible or books on the Bible.
But in reality, why do those things matter? As we grow closer to the Lord are we really going to care if we were able to go see some movie or watch some hit TV show? Or are we going to be more disappointed in ourselves for having wasted time with meaningless things?
Our Bible Study talks about a pendulum of extremes and how as you mature in Christ you often end up more in a balanced middle than either end, but is this a place where you’re supposed to be at an extreme? Or closer to one? In 1 Peter, it does say, “Be holy in all your conduct”.
I think in the end it does all boil down to if it is bringing glory to God, if it’s drawing us closer to Him, if it’s making us love Him more, if it’s helping in our sanctification.