1 Timothy 4:15 Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all. 4:16 Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.
5. Meditation is not all about you:
In the previous message we looked at the benefit of meditation. We hinted on how meditation can benefit more than you. I’d like to expound that a bit more.
Meditation may be personal, but it’s benefit isn’t.
It has come to my attention that meditation is not done by ordinary people. Taking examples from the people I’ve mentioned, Isaac was a patriarch; Joshua was on presidential level when he was told to meditate; David talked a lot about meditation and he was a king. Now we see Timothy who was also left in a patriarchal position in the Church in Ephesus. It looks to me that meditation is a trait of leadership. And you are a leader as long as some people follow you, whether they are toddlers or bishops.
This implies that your actions and decisions are bound to have an impact on those following your lead. This means the things you do are not only for you, whether you are selfish or not.
Likewise meditation benefits you a lot personally but it doesn’t stop there. It flows to those around you. You are blessed to be a blessing. Joshua meditated and lead a nation in successful conquest. David meditated and lead the same nation in successful war. In Pt. 4 there was an analogy of a tree. A tree doesn’t eat it’s own fruit or take shelter under it’s own branches or leaves – these are a blessing to others. You are blessed to bless others.
Paul asks Timothy to meditate on his instruction, to put his whole heart into it, that the gain may benefit everyone.
The word transliterated to mean meditate here is meletaō. It also means to attend to carefully, to practise.
Paul asked his son to take care of his instruction, to pay attention to his teaching, and not just to stop at teaching but to set the example by practising what he preaches; so that others get saved.
Meditation leads to ministry. You do not have to have a pulpit to minister; your life is the sermon someone is waiting for. Some will hear your words and believe, others will have to look at your life to believe. Human beings come in different flavors. You do well to cover all bases.
Actions are words.
Meditation is ministry.
Please choose to live a godly life today. Meditate.