By Ryan Wheeler
Sunday morning we looked at Romans 12:1-2 to learn how to take our worship beyond the songs. The last point we discussed was renewing our minds.
This action step is so important and I want to offer some practical advice to achieve it.
Renewing our minds means to reprogram them so that we cease thinking like a citizen of the world and begin thinking like a citizen of Heaven. This is a prolonged process that requires diligence and perseverance. Remember, that it occurs through a cooperation of our effort AND the power of God.
One of the best ways to renew your mind is by MEDITATING ON SCRIPTURE.
There are plenty of passages in the Bible that instruct us to meditate on God's Word. If you want to read some of them, click on these references:
What does it mean to meditate on God's Word? One helpful way to think about it is to think about a sheep digesting food through the process of rumination. This process may seem gross to you, but its a good picture of how to meditate. The sheep chews up its food (grass) and swallows it, only to bring the partially digested food back up into its mouth to chew on it and swallow it again. This process is repeated until the food is ready to be absorbed into the sheep's body.
Ruminate is a synonym for meditate. When we meditate on scripture we think it over,
"chew" on it (mentally) and let it sink in. Then we bring it back to mind and think it over, "chew" on it and let it sink in again. We repeat this process until the passage becomes a part of who we are.
This is done with small portions of the Bible and requires time throughout your day. The process cannot be rushed nor can the promised benefits. GIVE IT TIME! Commit to a new daily habit of scripture meditation and choose to open the door of God's power in your mind through your intentional effort!
For a very helpful article containing tips on scriptural mediation, follow this link:
Milton Hubbard has served as Pastor of Living Word Assembly since 1977
Ryan Wheeler serves as Associate Pastor at Living Word Assembly.