We’ve all been motivated by external factors that bring about temporary change. You may have lost some weight because of a contest at work, you may have stopped a bad habit because you were embarrassed when someone found out about it, or you may have started a budget to get out of debt because your credit card balance as gotten out of hand. These are all external factors that cause us to act, but what brings about real change?
Real change happens when you are internally motivated. It’s a point in time where you draw a line in the proverbial sand and decide, “I’m going to do this!” I have discovered that this kind of internal change only comes when I’m constantly thinking about the right things and continuously casting down false beliefs about myself and my future.
My internal motivation comes from my daily meditation! Meditating is a spiritual discipline that often gets ignored in a Christians life. I was privileged to learn about meditating on the truths of scripture as a new believer and experienced the power of God’s Word reconstructing and transforming my life. I think that many bible reading plans fail us in this manner. We read for speed, instead of meditating and allowing God’s Eternal Word to bring about transformation in our internal world. The Eternal Word has the power to shape my internal world when I take time for my soul to gaze upon life transforming truth.
Biblical meditation is often overlooked as a spiritual discipline, but we see it being practiced in the scripture:
Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. – Joshua 1:8
Within your temple, O God, we meditate on your unfailing love. – Psalm 48:9
I will meditate on all your works and consider all your mighty deeds. – Psalm 77:12
I meditate on your precepts and consider your ways. – Psalm 119:15
Let me understand the teaching of your precepts; then I will meditate on your wonders. Psalm 119:27
I remember the days of long ago; I meditate on all your works and consider what your hands have done. – Psalm 143:5
When I meditate on God’s Word, His Wonders and His Ways, I elevate His thoughts above my own, I’m “wowed” by the wonders He’s performed on behalf of His promises for His people, past and present, and I choose His ways instead of mine. My internal world becomes aligned with His Eternal Word and I am changed.
When I’m internally motivated it’s because God Word has penetrated the depths of my heart! Meditate on God’s Word and allow His truth to go deep in your internal world this week!