Sermon by Josh Van Leeuwen
Introduction by Phyllis Yearick
Meditation can mean different things to different people. For a poet, a meditation might be a musing on or a deep exploration of a subject. To a musician, it might mean an expansion of a musical theme. For a yogi, it might mean an approach to calming and training the harried mind. From the Latin meditari, meaning measure, even in various contexts the word carries similar connotations: focus, intent, study.
When we accept the freely offered gift of salvation through Jesus Christ, we are instantly and eternally saved from sin and death. But that is only the beginning of God’s work in and through us. If we want to become all that he has in mind for us, we must reorder our lives around him and his will. We all pray for God to be near us, protecting and guiding us, but what he really wants is for us to come alongside him, making his priorities our priorities and sacrificing our desires for his.
To prepare us for the work he has for us to do, he sanctifies us. This is a lifelong process that we do not accomplish ourselves; however, we can either impede God’s work in us or welcome it and participate in it. One way for us to join him is through spiritual disciplines. If you are already reading the Bible, you can go one step further and actually meditate on scripture. Like all of the disciplines, the act itself is simple, but it can take a lifetime to master. It requires focus. No planning dinner, mentally writing code, or thinking about other things allowed.
See why it’s a discipline? Our minds are so busy, our thoughts so cluttered. We are a culture of multitaskers, even though modern research has proved that our minds can truly focus on only one task at a time effectively. Meditating requires uninterrupted time in a place free of distraction. It might make us feel antsy or unsettled at first, but if we stick with it we can find peace and comfort in the word of God, not to mention a wealth of spiritual growth in the practice.
You are welcome at Westview Church! Join us for worship this Sunday morning at 9:30 (Discovery Hour classes will resume September 16). Children’s Worship will be offered during the service for children ages four through second grade and nursery care will be available for children birth through age 3.