He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, Which yields its fruit in its season And its leaf does not wither; And in whatever he does, he prospers. (Psalm 1:3)
What you immerse yourself in is what you become. What you meditate on is what you are. That is a haunting revelation for many, but refreshing direction for others. If you look around you will see this at work all the time.
Taking New Shape
Those that look to politics as their savior, they are moved and worried by every new political breeze that blows. They take on the characteristics of the politicians they champion, even as well as the ones they despise. The Bible knows full well that what a person meditates on transforms and molds a person. Proverbs 23:7 illustrates this quite clearly, “For as he thinks in his heart so he is.”
Your mind is designed to meditate. Every second you are thinking. There is no turn-off switch, even for those that claim to be shallow or anti-intellectual. The mind was designed to function. When the mind is injured severely you die. It is vital to you being alive.
The question is not whether you are meditating all the time, because you are, but rather what you are meditating on. That verse also tells you that what is in your heart is connected to what you meditate on.
Where are your thoughts directed? Do you ever take stock on what you think about during the day? How much does it really matter in the grand scheme of things.
Let Your Mind Take Root
You are made in God’s image (Gen. 1:27). You are meant to live eternally so God wants you to think past the very temporary worries and concerns of everyday life and start thinking bigger, and eternal-like, well like He does. It is part of conforming to Christ’s image. Actually it is the key to growing in your relationship with Christ. If you want to know Christ more, you will have to think like Him. Romans 12:2 says it is actually what separates you and makes you stand out in the world, “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind,… (Rom. 12:2).”
When you meditate on God’s word day and night as I talked about in the previous blog on Psalm 1:2, then you are planted in a place that connects you to Christ as Psalm 1:3 tells us.
John 4:14 says, “but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life (John 4:14).” He is the living water that gives us growth. The fruit that you grow fundamentally changes your character and gives you love, joy, peace, patience etc. (Gal. 5:22).
Change Your Vocabulary
Did you know that in Christ you cannot fail at anything as long as you are connected to Christ? There is no such thing as defeat for you in God’s vocabulary. It is not a matter of fighting to win, but to perservere. Stay connected and you will grow. That is what He wants for you, your sanctification (1 Thess. 4:3).
The great thing for those in Christ, is that the battle is already won positionally, you have already won through Christ, now God works in you to make you a victor in reality. To carry the character of a victor. To grow fruit, from God’s perspective is prospering. So next time “defeat” looks imminent for you, stay planted, because if God is faithful, which He is, then growth is coming. When disaster strikes, it is not really loss, but gain if you stay planted.
If you replace your thoughts with His, then your perspective will be His. What looks like trial will be opportunity, what looks like failure is just preparation, what looks like suffering, is just expansion, and what looks like death, for those planted, is just the beginning of life! This type of thinking is the first steps to profound joy in your life!
Taking New Roots: Article by Chase O'Dell - Founder of Bridgeway Ministries