What is Biblical Meditation?
Biblical Meditation is about renewing our minds and application. When we renew our minds with scripture, we are transformed from one degree of glory to another! (2 Corinthians 3:18). If you want to learn about meditation, you can look at my repentance piece on this webpage. Today’s verse is
Philippians 2:3- “doing nothing from selfish ambition or vain glory, but with humility of mind regarding one another as more important than yourselves, not merely looking out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.”
After memorizing this verse, the question becomes, how do we apply this verse? I believe there are many categories and applications for this verse as follows:
Be a giver. Save to give to others. Save to give to the church and His kingdom. Our finances aren’t primarily for ourselves. Even if you only give a small portion, be someone that establishes a pattern of giving to others.
Be an inviter. Invite others to group gatherings that you think would benefit. Going to group events isn’t about just having fun for yourself. Try to be a blessing to others in this area.
Ghosting is prevalent in today’s culture. People send texts and don’t respond back. Be a listener. Interrupting others communicates that what other people have to say is not important. In fact, it’s so unimportant that you are willing to cut them off to say what you think is important. Listen well. And encourage others for their benefit, lifting and edifying others every day. (Ephesians 4:29).
Part of looking out for the interests of others is thinking well about them. We invariably can tend to think that our thinking has no impact on our actions. But it does. When we start to think unwell of people, our speech and actions subconciously follow. Develop patterns of thinking well of others so that you can love and serve others well.
Specific Possible Actions to follow this week-
Text everyone back- This shows that you care, are communicative, and trustworthy.
Listen before talking- Value what others have to say
Watch your thinking and repent if necessary
Take initiative to love and serve others out of heart that wants to follow God’s commands and this verse. Look for opportunities.
How would you meditate on this verse? We can’t do it by ourselves. As God’s people, we strive to meditate. It is the Godly man who meditates and is directed toward the righteous path (Psalm:1). The young man meditates and keeps his way pure (Psalm:119). Scripture calls us to dwell on God’s Word. Colossians 3:16- “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with gratefulness in your hearts to God.” Joshua 1:8- “This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it” In fact, the very meaning of repentance is mentanoia, a change of mind. Finally Paul exhorts us to “not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may approve what the will of God is, that which is good and pleasing and perfect.” We meditate by God’s grace, by memorizing God’s truth, and applying it to our lives.
Sanctification doesn’t happen by itself. As believers, we need to meditate. Scripture call us to it. We are transformed by it. It is God’s will and we should delight to be in His law. Look to Christ and conform to Him. The veil has been removed for believers.
2 Corinthians 3:18-
But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.