Spiritual Disciplines: Meditation
At The Gathering in January we had a look at the spiritual discipline of meditation. If you missed it, or would like a reminder – here’s some of the stuff we had a think about...
(Quotes are taken from ‘Celebration of Discipline’ by Richard Foster)
“Meditation , very simply, is the ability to hear God’s voice and obey his word. It’s that simple.”
“Jesus modelled for us the reality of that life of hearing and obeying.”
“Jesus gave them this answer: “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.” John 5:19
“Jesus has not stopped acting and speaking. He is resurrected and at work in our world. He is not idle, nor has he developed laryngitis. He is alive and among us...”
“Human beings seem to have a perpetual tendency to have somebody else talk to God for them... That is why meditation is so threatening to us. It boldly calls us to enter into the living presence of God for ourselves.”
1. What is your reaction to the idea of meditation and any of the above quotes?
2. What do you think about the verse from John? How easy or difficult do you think it was for Jesus to live like this? Where are you at with the ‘hearing and obeying’?
Some examples of meditation...
Using the Bible
Using the stuff happening in the world now.
1. What are the most common ways (for you personally) that you hear from God?
2. What makes life crowded? Do you think you have a desire to hear God’s voice in the midst of all the clutter?
“Meditation is a more passive discipline. It is characterised more by reflecting than by studying, more by listening than by thinking, more by releasing than by grabbing. In the discipline of meditation we are not so much acting as we are opening ourselves to be acted upon. We invite the Holy Spirit to come and work within us...”
Give it a try and let us know how you get on. :)