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MEDITATION: A CHRISTIAN DISCIPLINE

February 23, 2014

Text:  “I will meditate on your precepts and fix my eyes on your ways. I will delight in your statutes; I will not forget your word.”  Psalms 119:15-16

The word “meditate” appears a number of times in the Old Testament, particularly in Psalms and Proverbs. Webster’s Dictionary says it means: “to spend time in quiet thought for religious purposes or relaxation.” That is “to think about, muse.”  Whereas other religions stress meditation as a means of emptying the mind, Christianity employs meditation as a means of filling the mind. It aims for us to analyze, understand, and utilize concepts in our service to God. This discipline was widely practiced in the first several centuries of the Christian era. Nevertheless, this productive spiritual building-block seems to have fallen into disuse in our times. When was the last time you stopped to meditate? Do you even know how to go about meditating?

Meditating is merely thinking. However, we seldom spend even a few minutes thinking about something in our lives that needs attention. So, the first step is to carve out a few minutes (say 10 minutes) each day and go to a quiet place alone. Have a topic in mind: some scripture, some spiritual subject, some virtue. Consider the meaning, impact on your life, practical application, and blessings. The first few sessions will challenge you to use the full 10 minutes, but then you will expand your time. Get started today and keep it up!

What good things will meditation do for me? Meditation will promote you being a better person. “For as he thinks within himself, so he is.” Prov 23:7 (NASB) Good character and actions are fostered by good thinking.

Your knowledge of the Bible will be cultivated by meditation. Its meaning and application will flourish. Your soul will be expanding.

New behaviors will grow in your everyday actions. Evil behaviors will perish with the coming of the new. “Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.” Colossians 3:2 “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” Philippians 4:8  (There is enough in these two quotations to keep you busy for a long while.)

Opportunities to serve God will present themselves to you. Doors to doing good will suddenly sprout and the means to their accomplishment will compel you to involve yourself. One of our great failures in the church is finding new ways to do good. Meditation will open new doors to you being a means of getting projects off the ground and keeping them in motion. Let me ask you to read a small book named Celebration of Discipline by Richard J. Foster. It will introduce you to several exercises to further your Christian life. “Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual  milk, that by it you may grow up unto salvation.” I Peter 2:2

REM

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One Comment
  1. We just need to slow down. Instead of stopping to smell the roses, we could stop and meditate. Thank you for this bit of wisdom!!

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