Why A Christian Should Meditate

Daily Devotional: Day 221

“If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God” (Colossians 3:1-3, NKJV).

Today’s Scripture reading is one of the richest passages in the writings of Paul. Writing to Christians in Colossae, he reminds them of their new creation status in Christ. Whoever is a new creation has died with Christ and is risen with Him. Being risen with Christ is a powerful reality. It literally means that the resurrection power at work in Christ is at work in you, too.

Based on this truth, Paul draws out practical implications for the believer. If you are risen with Christ, then henceforth you need to adjust your life accordingly. Especially, you need to turn your affections toward heaven where the risen Lord is seated.

Wherever Christ is, there your life is. Your life, Paul says, is hidden with Christ in God. This means there is only one way to find your life: by finding Christ. Do you see where this is going? It’s deep stuff, but the Holy Spirit will help you to grasp it. To find Christ, you need to shift your attention toward Him and maintain your focus on Him. Here is where meditation is vital.

Meditation directs your heart and mind to Jesus. To meditate, you need an object of focus. In this case, that object of focus is Christ. Therefore, Paul urges us to shift our mind from earthly desires (mainly lusts of the world which draw us away from God) and set it on things above, where Christ is seated in power. You, dear Christian, are from above; hence your desires must be oriented above. 

 Where your life is, there your attention needs to be.

Jesus Himself laid out an important principle in the Gospels, “For where your treasure isthere your heart will be also” (Luke 12:34). In this instance, Jesus is your treasure, and your life is hidden with Him. If you truly believe this, then you will set you heart on Him – through meditation.

Meditating means to dwell thoughtfully – in a relaxed manner – on a subject matter, a message, a person or an event, in quietness. In meditation, you take a calm, yet hard look at the state of your life and your relationship with God and everything around you.

Meditation is a form of prayer which mostly involves ponderinginternalizingquestioning and listening. You can meditate on any number of things. One thing you can do is focus on a particular passage, story, event or personality in the Bible as the Spirit leads you. Be open minded and relaxed. No need to stress yourself or be rigid.

Lack of meditation leads to spiritual stagnation.

But when you meditate, the Spirit of God will move you, open your eyes and lead you to discover the riches of Christ. This discovery will change you. Rightly does the Psalmist declare, “I have more understanding than all my teachers, for your testimonies are my meditation” (Psalm 119:99). Additionally, meditation will help you to discover more about yourself. The more you understand Christ, the more you will understand yourself. Conversely, the less you understand Christ, the less you will understand yourself

Start meditating today. Find Christ, find your life. Amen. 

For further study: Joshua 1:1-9

Giving Up Your Throne

Daily Devotional: Day 178

“Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.” When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him” (Matthew 2:2-3, NKJV).

Wise men from the East came to Jerusalem searching for the baby who had been born the King of the Jews. They didn’t come looking for the king of the Jews; they came looking for the King of the Jews. As you can see from today’s passage, when king Herod heard about this, “he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.” Up to this point, king Herod had no one contending for his throne. He didn’t have to look over his shoulders.

But, Herod woke up one day to find out that someone else was “King of the Jews.” Herod was devastated to hear this. He felt threatened, realizing that his throne was no longer safe. Power is sweet, and we know from experience that people don’t give up their power so easily. Moreover, the wise men from the East made their intention clear: They had come to worship, not king Herodbut baby King Jesus. This must have hurt king Herod’s pride, as we can see from the rest of the story. This is interesting, because based on Old Testament prophecies, all of Israel was looking forward to the Messiah, who would be King. Herod himself had this information verified by the chief priests and scribes (cf. Matthew 2:4-6).

Yet, instead of rejoicing over the fulfillment of God’s Word, Herod was rather disturbed. Why? Because he was worried about losing his tiny throne. He would rather eliminate the Messiah than give up his throne. Little did he know that Jesus wasn’t interested in political power. Today, you can learn something important from the tale of the two kings: Herod and Jesus.

Like Herod, many people feel threatened by Jesus, including even some Christians. You may wonder: How? Well, there are people who are threatened by the truth of God’s Word, and would make every effort to avoid it, resist it, or fight it. They wouldn’t want a Jesus who challenges their behavior, beliefs or lifestyle. They’d rather have no Jesus at all, or have a Jesus who wouldn’t shake up their world; the Jesus who would mind His own business and not interfere with their life. They want to serve Jesus, but on their own terms. They’d rather be ignorant than know the truth and feel obligated to renounce their false doctrines. Some ‘churches’ even feel threatened by the Bible, because the Bible exposes their error. They’ll, therefore, do whatever it takes to belittle and distort the Bible while bestowing divine status on their man-made traditions. 

But here’s the truth: Jesus doesn’t want your throne. He has his own Throne. But – and this is important – if you want Jesus to be your Messiah, your Lord and your King, then He demands that you give up your cute little “throne”: the throne of sin, the throne of  rebellion, the throne of false doctrines, the throne of pride, the throne of selfishness, the throne of fear, the throne of worldly lusts, the throne of addictions, the throne of lies, etc. The Messiah is here. The King of the Jews is here. Give up your throne and let Him take you to His throne, where you’ll find forgiveness, liberty, peace, joy and righteousness.

May the favor of the Lord surround you and your family today. Amen.

For further study: Luke 5:1-11