Selwyn spends one final day on the subject of meditation.
Do you want to change your life? To rid yourself of those things which are not of God? To have the discipline to remove those thoughts which lead you away from Christ?
Then what Selwyn writes (below) contains an important message for you; and everyone else on this journey, of following Jesus.
“When we learn to harness biblical meditation and introduce into our minds the Word of God, it goes to work, reconstructing our thought life, realigning our wills and refocusing our emotions. Before long others will see in us evidence of Christ’s character, for the written Word contains the power to bring about in us the characteristics of the living Word.
Just think of it: tomorrow you can more clearly show Christ’s character to the world by what you have meditated upon today.”
This is the time to start; and, as Selwyn suggested this is a good passage on which to meditate: “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.
“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.
“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit – fruit that will last – and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. This is my command: Love each other.”
I’ve highlighted those verses that stand out for me. What became clearer for you, when you meditated upon this passage?