Meditation is more known as a rituals or practice among Buddhist or Hindu. But let’s try to look more carefully about meditation. Meditation in its pure form, stripped from rituals and idol worship, is a practice to focusing our mind in certain object. Meditation is about self control, in this case, to control our mind to obey our will.Too many times, our mind are distracted, either by fear, worries, lust, etc.
As Christians, it is our wish that we live for God, that God become the center of our life. It is our wish that we should be able to submit our will to His will. Perhaps Paul the apostle’s letter to Christians at Corinth will explain better, “Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain. And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible. I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air. But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.”
With this purpose in mind, we Christians, meditate and contemplate, to be able to focus our mind, our live, to God.
Meditation in this sense is not different from fasting, reading Bible and pray.
While some people from eastern religion or culture use meditation to train their mind, to reach a higher conscience, to receive spiritual experience, etc. We Christians are not, we are supposed to leave such carnal thoughts and self centered goals. As Christians, in all thing we do, we should do for God. This is the difference between our meditation as Christians compared to those who are not.
Some people might ask, why I include, those who seek spiritual experience and higher conscience to a carnal lust? I don’t want to judge anyone, but most of the time when we seek such thing for ourselves, to feel good, to be special, etc. God is spirit, but He ask us to come with faith, He ask us to worship Him in spirit and righteousness. If we come to worship Him, just to get a certain experience that make us happy, special, etc, do you think we worship Him or try to fulfill our lust? Is it right? Some Christians believe that meditation is evil and fasting is not. But if you fasting only to receive vision, to receive Holy spirit gift, which deep inside because you wish to be in higher position than your other Christians brothers and sisters, isn’t it evil? Christians at Corinth are abundant with gift from Holy spirit, yet Paul the apostle rebuke them for fornication and carnalities.
To give meditation for Christian, the value it deserve, a reminder from Paul to Timothy is, “But refuse profane and old wives’ fables, and exercise thyself rather unto godliness. For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.”
All of the exercise we do is exercise to godliness, a piety toward God, a reverence toward God. Do things for God, not for yourself. Do not meditate or fasting because you want something out of it, for a selfish reason. But meditate to train yourself to be a better servant of God, a more humble servant, a more obedient servant. Do not focus on self growth exercise, yet focus more on serving God and other. Or in the step by step, explained in detail by Peter the apostle :
“And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;
And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;
And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.”