So, I can finally conclude my thoughts regarding the vision for this blog. In my opinion, encouraging Christian living with an eternal outlook,must be centered on the Word of God, both in exhortation and meditation. Therefore the final piece of the my vision is: “Meditation on the Word of God”. In fact, scripture commands people of faith to meditate on God’s Word (Joshua 1:8) and His works (Psalm 143:5).
So what does all of this have to do with my blog vision?
From scripture, we know that the Word of God is living and active and able to pierce through out sinful flesh to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart (Hebrews 4:12). Jesus specifically states that, “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing; that words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life” (John 6:63). The very words of Jesus are able to give life. Paul affirms this in 2 Timothy 3:16 by literally saying that all scripture is God-breathed. Therefore reason has it, that if we are going to live (Christian Living) than we need to have life (Word of God).
How does meditation on the Word of God encourage Christian living with an eternal outlook?
In Joshua 1:8, the Lord spoke to Joshua stating, “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; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success.”
The Hebrew word for “meditate” in this passage is hagah1, which implies pondering, deep reflection, a type of muttering to oneself. Biblical meditation involves focusing one’s mind on scripture. God was commanding Joshua to remember His law by “muttering” it to himself, “pondering” it, or “musing” over it.
How do we “flesh out” this command of the Lord? While the purpose of this blog is to encourage Christian living with an eternal outlook, it is not about encouraging the “works of the flesh” or any type of “works salvation”. I believe that the way to biblically encourage Christian living is through heart transformation that takes place by exhortation and meditation on scripture. God isn’t necessarily just looking for us to fix the external, God wants us changed from the inside out (great song by Hillsong). For our lives to be transformed by the renewing of our minds in Christ Jesus (Romans 12:1-2), we must be able to voice a true genuine faith, echoing the psalmists in saying:
– “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my rock and my Redeemer” (Psalm 19:14)
– “We have thought on Your lovingkindness, O God, in the midst of Your temple.” (Psalm 48:9)
– “I will meditate on all Your words and muse on Your deeds” (Psalm 77:12)
– “I will meditate on Your precepts and regard Your ways.” (Psalm 119:15)
On this blog and in our site’s forum , I hope that we can “ponder” the scriptures together and that we can reflect deeply on the very Words of God that bring life to our souls. Let us run with perseverance my Christian brothers and sisters and look for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ (Hebrews 12:2; Titus 2:13)! “Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary” (Galatians 6:9).