This week, let’s practice meditating on scripture together. God’s people have heard from God though reading and meditating on Scripture for thousands of years. But the practice of meditation is more than just reading. It takes time and intention. To meditate is to think deeply about what God is saying to us and let it permeate our thoughts.
Take a few minutes to prepare yourself by putting away distractions and quieting your spirit in ways that work for you. Choose a passage of scripture and read it. Try reading it several different times in several different translations. Pay close attention to portions that stick out to you. Memorize parts of it or all of it! Say it in your mind (or out loud) several time a day. Meditate on the same passage for a whole week (or longer). This can be done with any scripture, but let’s prance meditating on Philippians 2:1-11 this week.
Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, 2 then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. 3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.
5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:
6 Who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
7 rather, he made himself nothing
by taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
8 And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
by becoming obedient to death—
even death on a cross!
9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name,
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.
BONUS: Have a missional meal! It could be virtual or in person. Invite some people to a missional meal Zoom call or to have a meal outside with you to share what you are hearing from God as you reflect on Philippians 2 and what God is asking you to do about it.
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