Lost Christian Art
Perhaps there is
something we can
learn from the world,
after all . . .
MANY TRULY BORN-AGAIN
Christians try to study their Bibles
like they would for a final exam in
college--cram in only what you need to
know at that given time. Many will open
God's Word only if they need the answer
to some specific doctrinal question.
There is nothing wrong with seeking
Biblical advice when you need it; but, if
this is the only time you open your Bible,
then your spiritual growth is going to
Psalm 1:1-3 shows us the proper way to
approach God's Word: "Blessed is the man
that walketh not in the counsel of the
ungodly, nor standeth in the way of
sinners, not sitteth in the seat of the
scornful. But his DELIGHT IS IN THE LAW
of the LORD; and in his law DOTH HE
MEDITATE DAY AND NIGHT. And he shall
be like a tree planted by the rivers of
water, that BRINGETH FORTH HIS FRUIT in
his season; his leaf also shall not wither;
and whatsoever he doeth shall PROSPER."
We shouldn't merely read God's Word.
We should delight ourselves in it. The
person who delights himself in God's Word
will not only tend to read it as often as
he/she can, but will try to meditate day
and night upon what they have read!
Now maybe you're wondering how on
earth someone could be so absorbed in
God's Word; who has enough time for
so much meditation? But the fact is,
unsaved people, practice "prolong
meditation" all the time!
First, let's define "meditation" . . .
Look up the words MEDITATE and
MEDITATION in a Strong's concordance/
dictionary, and you will find several
definitions depending on how it's used
within a given verse.
For example, consider the following verses
(the definitions are listed in [brackets]):
"When I remember thee upon my bed,
and MEDITATE [to utter, muse, devise,
plot, speak] ON THEE in the night
watches." Psalm 63:6
"I will MEDITATE [to utter, muse,
devise, plot, speak] also OF ALL THY
WORK, and talk of thy doings." Psa. 77:12
"I will MEDITATE [to put forth, muse,
commune, consider, ponder, study, speak]
IN THY PRECEPTS, and have respect unto
thy ways." Psalm 119:15
"My hands also will I lift up unto thy
commandments, which I have loved; and I
will MEDITATE [to put forth, muse,
commune, consider, ponder, study, speak]
IN THY STATUTES." Psalm 119:48
Keep reading, there's more . . .
"Mine eyes prevent the night watches,
that I might MEDITATE [to put forth,
muse, commune, consider, ponder, study,
speak] IN THY WORD." Psalm 119:148
"I remember the days of old; I
MEDITATE [to utter, muse, devise, plot,
speak] ON ALL THY WORKS; I muse on
the work of thy hands." Psalm 143:5
"O how love I THY LAW! it is my
MEDITATION [reflection] ALL THE DAY."
"I have more understanding than all
my teachers: for THY TESTIMONIES ARE
MY MEDITATION [reflection, prayer,
devotion, musing, study]." Psalm 119:99
From these few examples, we see that
meditation involves more than just thinking
about God's Word. We find it also involves
speaking about it, studying it, praying over
it, and devising and plotting its use.
Put it all together and you find the psalmist
OBSESSED, even CONSUMED, with God's
Word. And don't think he's too fanatical.
The world gets obsessed and consumed all
the time. Where do you think the word
"fan" is derived from?
In fact, during football season a major soft-
drink company has been known to televise
an ad which obsessed football fans are
said to "Eat, Drink, and Sleep football."
Sadly, while meditation may be a lost
art to most Christians, it is something
well familiar to the world.
Consider the Trekkies . . .
There is cult-like behavior surrounding
Stars Wars and Star Trek. Both have an
enormous following. Both have many
within their following that behave
obsessively. The followers of Star Trek,
for example, are commonly referred to
Books have been written about
Trekkies, and there is even a
documentary video, called Trekkies,
detailing the lengths to which some
Trekkies will go. In fact, an ad for the
video, in the December 6, 1999 issue
of Time magazine states:
"Trekkies: If you love the show,
you're a fan. If you live the show,
you're a Trekkie."
But perhaps the most interesting aspect
of the Trekkie phenomena is the fact
that many Trekkies will take on the
personification of various Star Trek
characters. Granted, they don't lose
their personal identities--although it's
likely one or two have, throughout the
years. But, they'll imitate a given
character, role-playing him/her by
"...for the children
of this world are in
their generation wiser
than the children of
light." Luke 16:8
mimicking that character's personality.
Now, Christian, we will often look at
such behavior and deem it strange and
obsessive. We will even say, to use a
worldly phrase, that "these Trekkies
need to get a life." But are
we not, as Christians,
supposed to "put on" a life
ourselves: the life of Christ?
Paul said: "I am crucified
with Christ: nevertheless I
live; yet not I, but Christ
liveth in me: and the life
which I now live in the flesh I live by
the faith of the Son of God, who loved
me, and gave himself for me." Gal.
We might smile at the fact that
Trekkies are trying to conform
themselves to the image of a Star Trek
character. But, yet, are we not
supposed to be conformed to the image
Again, God's Word says: "For whom
he did foreknow, he also did
predestinate to be CONFORMED TO
THEM IMAGE OF HIS SON, that he might
be the firstborn among many brethren."
How is one conformed?
The Bible tells us: "And be not
conformed to this world: but be ye
transformed by the renewing of your
mind, that ye may prove what is that
good, and acceptable, and
perfect, will of God." Rom.
A key to being conformed
to the image of Christ is
being "Transformed by the
renewing of your mind," a
renewing that comes
through the very thing
we've been talking about--meditation
upon God's Word.
The world puts us to shame . . .
Christian, how sad when the world will
obsess itself over something frivolous
like Star Trek by reading and meditating
upon every piece of related material it
can get its hands on; and yet, we don't
do the same with God's Word!
We wonder why we don't take on the
image of our Saviour, the Lord Jesus
Christ, and spiritually grow the way we
should. And, yet, here is the world
conforming itself to the image of some
fictitious character by using a
method that God has prescribed for
IF you were to die today, are you 100% SURE
you would go to Heaven? The Bible says
YOU CAN BE SURE (1 John 5:13).
BUT FIRST, you must realize that what keeps you from going to Heaven are your sins, because:
"...your iniquities [sins] have separated between you and your God," Isaiah 59:2.
In fact, in God's eyes YOU ARE A SINNER: "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;" Romans 3:23.
SECONDLY, you must realize that there is NOTHING you can do to save yourself and earn Heaven: "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast." (Eph. 2:8-9) Baptism, good deeds, church membership, self-righteousness are all examples of good works that cannot save you, because, "Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he [Christ] saved us," Titus 3:5.
THE ONLY WAY you can get saved is through Jesus Christ. He said: "I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." (John 14:6) THAT'S WHY: "...while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." Romans 5:8-9
THEREFORE: You must REPENT (change your mind); admit that you are a Hell deserving sinner and can't save yourself. And call upon Christ, and Him alone, to save you. "if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus [REPENT], and shalt believe in thine heart [TRUST] that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved." Romans 10:9
SEND THE LIGHT
P.O. Box 815 Fargo, ND 58107
[Christian Helps Ministry (USA)] [Christian Home Bible Course]