Many people I've talked to have had questions about where meditation fits into their spiritual life and disciplines. One person said, "I'm not sure I need to meditate because I already pray and read my Bible." I would never suggest that meditation take the place of any other spiritual discipline. In fact, it's quite the opposite. I believe meditation is a foundational practice out of which prayer, worship, and service-to-others flow. Furthermore, reading the Word and being filled with biblical truths is the first step to establishing a Christ-centered meditation practice.
The lost art of Biblical meditation is all about pausing our busy lives to give our full attention to God. 2 Corinthians 3:18 says that as we BEHOLD (look at) God - we are transformed more into His image. The Bible is a gift to us that reveals who God is and what He's doing on earth. It is as relevant today and in our lives personally as it was to our ancient ancestors. It's a treasure trove of historical accounts, poems, wisdom literature, and personal letters that tell the big picture story of how God created us, how we walked away from him into a life of slavery, and his plan to rescue us and restore us back to himself so we can live with him in freedom forever.
In Christ-centered meditation we:
from spending time in God's presence, contemplating his perfect power, love, and justice.
from spending time in God's presence, meditating on his goodness throughout history.
from spending time in God's presence, remembering how Jesus loved and forgave people.
The contemplating, meditating, and remembering move us from just knowing about God, to knowing and experiencing God personally through an encounter that shifts our entire mindset and beliefs. It changes us from the inside-out (2 Cor 3:18) so that the overflow from our heart and natural response begin to look more like Jesus. Job put it this way, "I had heard of you by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees you" (42:5). Let your eyes SEE through Christ-centered meditation!
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