Time to make a start

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?

The secret of success

It’s interesting, that a person who has the discipline to meditate on God’s Word – will be prosperous and successful. The ability to be able to clearly focus on the important aspects of our lives – could give rise to the same ability to meditate on God’s Word. God’s Spirit helps us to focus on what’s important; and, help us separate out the good things which God wants us to do from the flood of rubbish which constantly distracts us.

I found the verse which Selwyn uses in today’s study to be quite thought provoking: Joshua 1:8 (NIV): ” … meditate on the [Book of the Law] day and night … Then you will be prosperous and successful.”

In this age, when people want instant results and have a ‘just do it’ approach, the proposal to spend long hours in deep and prayerful thought on God’s Word, appears to be in conflict with the requirement to get things quickly done. I think it’s more to do with God helping us to set priorities regarding what is spiritually good for us to do; to enable us to identifythese tasks out of the myriads of competing tasks, pressing in on us.

What do you think?

I feel that Selwyn’s conclusion is a worth while meditation in itself: regarding Joshua’s meditation on God’s Word, he writes: “The continuous inner mental and spiritual discipline produced in Joshua clarity of thought, sharpness of intellect, a greater power of concentration and a mind and will closer in-line with God’s mind and will.”

Now, isn’t the hours of meditation worth such a result – that is, to be closer to the love of God?

What is meditation?

Here are some of the bits, which I liked in today’s study.

‘Meditation is holding the Word of God in your heart until it has affected every phase of your life.’  It is the art of contemplation, of close and continued thought.

In essence, biblical meditation is the process of focused thinking about a passage/portion/part of Scripture – in the presence of God. To be receptive to the prompting of God’s Spirit as He highlights the important truths which are relevant to us. That is, we may come back to the same area of Scripture, a number of years later; and discern, yet another aspect of God’s Word which then helps on our journey at that point in time. There is always more information contain in Scripture that God can reveal to us – at the right, and perfect time.

Do you agree?

A lost art

Selwyn now moves to look at the topic of biblical meditation.

He writes: “Meditation is an issue about which many Christians remain unconvinced. … ‘biblical meditaton’ must never be confused with the type of meditation taught by Eastern religions. Scripture many times declares that meditation on the truths of the Bible is of the utmost importance – our text for today being just one example.”

Psalm 1:1-6 (NIV): “Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the LORD,

and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither – whatever they do prospers.

Not so the wicked!  They are like chaff that the wind blows away. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous. For the LORD watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked leads to destruction.”

I feel that in a sense – meditation is a disciplined form of using your imagination to dwell on God’s Word – as you sit quietly at the feet of Jesus and know that He is God.

Your views?