Get It Together – 11/18/20 PM

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Get It Together

Luke 12:35 Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning;

Intro: In the Bible, this analogy is used many times to express a variety of things.

Being girded up sometimes spoke of:

Seriousness

  • Exodus 29:9  And thou shalt gird them with girdles, Aaron and his sons, and put the bonnets on them: and the priest’s office shall be theirs for a perpetual statute: and thou shalt consecrate Aaron and his sons.
  • 2 Kings 4:29 Then he said to Gehazi, Gird up thy loins, and take my staff in thine hand, and go thy way: if thou meet any man, salute him not; and if any salute thee, answer him not again: and lay my staff upon the face of the child.
  • Jeremiah 1:17 Thou therefore gird up thy loins, and arise, and speak unto them all that I command thee: be not dismayed at their faces, lest I confound thee before them.

Strength

  • Psalms 18:32 It is God that girdeth me with strength, and maketh my way perfect.
  • Proverbs 31:17 She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms.
  • I Kings 18:45, 46 And it came to pass in the mean while, that the heaven was black with clouds and wind, and there was a great rain. And Ahab rode, and went to Jezreel. And the hand of the LORD was on Elijah; and he girded up his loins, and ran before Ahab to the entrance of Jezreel.

Stability

  • John 21:18 Verily, verily, I say unto thee, When thou wast young, thou girdedst thyself, and walkedst whither thou wouldest: but when thou shalt be old, thou shalt stretch forth thy hands, and another shall gird thee, and carry thee whither thou wouldest not.

In our text, Jesus gave a simple command.

  • Luke 12:35 “Let your loins be girded about…”

DEFINITION: Girded: to fasten garments with a girdle or belt; to bind or gird all around; to gird one’s self with a thing, gird a thing around one’s self

The idea is to gather all that could impede your progress and get it out of the way.

I believe Jesus was telling His disciples that the time for fooling around was over.

It was time to get it together; tie up loose ends and get serious.

Time was running out, and they needed to be alert, attentive and ready.

We are living in such a hectic world that it is easy to be scattered, unorganized and ineffective.

It is also easy to have an “I-don’t-care” attitude about important things.

I believe if Jesus was here tonight, He might look at us and say, “Get it together!”

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I. Your Responsibility to Watch

  • (vs. 36 …they may open immediately; vs. 37 …shall find watching… vs. 40 be ready)
  • Luke 12:35 Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning;
  • I Peter 1:13 Wherefore gird 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;

Being ready means more than looking for Him to reappear in the sky.

Being ready means OCCUPY until He comes.

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II. Your Response to Wisdom

  • Job 38:3 Gird up now thy loins like a man; for I will demand of thee, and answer thou me.
  • Job 40:7 Gird up thy loins now like a man: I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me.
  • Job 42:1 Then Job answered the LORD, and said,
  • 2 I know that thou canst do every thing, and that no thought can be withholden from thee.
  • 3 Who is he that hideth counsel without knowledge? therefore have I uttered that I understood not; things too wonderful for me, which I knew not.
  • 4 Hear, I beseech thee, and I will speak: I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me.

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III. Your Reaction to Wrongdoing

  • John 21:7 Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved saith unto Peter, It is the Lord. Now when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he girt his fisher’s coat unto him, (for he was naked,) and did cast himself into the sea.

When Peter heard that it was the Lord, he was immediately ashamed of himself for his wrongdoing.

He didn’t blame the Lord for showing up unannounced.

He didn’t get angry at the disciple saying, “It is the Lord.”

He didn’t make excuses for his sinful condition.

He didn’t try to justify it or condemn the others for judging.

No – he girt his fisher’s coat unto him and jumped in the sea.

There’s something sobering about God showing up and you’re not living right.

There’s should be a conviction; a shame; an admission of guilt and a move to fix it.

It’s high time the church of the living God got it together in the area of reacting to conviction about their sin!

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IV. Your Readiness to Work

  • John 13:4 He riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself. Vs. 5 After that he poureth water into a bason, and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded. Vs. 14-16 If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.  Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him.

Jesus left us an example of service and work.

He lay aside his garments and girded himself.

He expects us to do the same.

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V. Your Respecting the Word

  • Ephesians 6:14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

We need to get it together when it comes to knowing the truth, believing the truth and respecting the truth.

The truth is all we have!

The people of God have no excuse for being deceived and falling for Satan’s lie.

We have access to the WORD OF GOD – THE TRUTH.

Read it – learn it – study it – memorize it – love it – listen to it – have your loins girt about with it!

Stop playing around with fiction and fables and get yourself together.

Get in the word!