Meditation is a practice often shunned by Christian circles.
I understand nonetheless as the common perception of meditation has been hijacked by various religions and practices.
Claiming to be an expert on these religions meditative practices would be an ignorant move on my part; however, I do know something.
They are quite different from the meditation that the Bible discusses.
An example of this would be when Buddha wrote,
“The mind is everything. What you think, you become.”
I can assure you that this entire quote is a fallacy.
At one point in time, I heard that Christian meditation is not the emptying (or even the calming) of the mind. It is the filling on the soul with His Word.
The mind is not everything. It is a tool. Honing it to it’s greatest capacity is impossible without the power of the Holy Spirit and God’s Word.
When our minds are renewed and we repent (change our minds) of our past thoughts and habits, we begin to see the will of God clearly laid out through His Scripture.
Romans 12:2 tells the Christian,
“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
When it comes to meditation, the Scriptures (especially the Psalmist) almost always align meditation with God’s Word and reflection on His wonderful works.
It calls for remembrance of the absolutes of our faith and the things that God has, is, and will do on Earth and in Heaven.
It is in this heart, that David writes, “I will meditate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways” (Psalm 119:15).
In a similar manner, Paul urges Timothy to focus and fill His mind and soul with sound doctrine.
He states in 1 Timothy 4:13-15,
“Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.
Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery.
Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all.”
Saying this, meditation has inner benefits; however, it’s purpose comes alive when “profiting may appear to all”.
When we are built up in the Word of God, we have a responsibility to overflow and edify the Body of Christ through it.
This is the intention when one refers to Christians as stewards of the Word.
In 1 Corinthians 4:1 Paul exclaims,
“Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God.”
So lets be that!
Stewards who meditate on the Word of God, day and night (Psalm 1:2).
Taking in all the things that edify our soul and the Body of Christ, instead of suppressing our minds in hope that suppression will lead to revelation.
We have all the revelation we ever need in the 66 book love letter that God wrote for man.
We hope this messages enriches!