“Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse." Philippians 4:8 MSG
As you step into your first year of EPIC Commission let your heart and mind be filled with promises of transformation. I know, the thought of EC right now is exciting and overwhelming; part of you cannot wait for what’s in store and part of you is dreading the unknown. If there’s any word of wisdom I could give you it’s this: don’t transform the transformation God has for you into waste.
This summer, your first year of EC and all the rest of your life will be filled with moments where God is speaking to you. Instead of just swallowing mouthfuls of church and hoping for Christ to linger on our breath, we must choose to meditate on what God is speaking to us. It’s easy to allow God’s Word and what the Holy Spirit is speaking to us to just roll over us without ever actually allowing it to change us. It’s easy to sit in a church service, EC prayer or EPIC School of Leadership class and feel the presence of God, or hear the Word and feel it touch our spirit, but is that really transforming us?
In the Bible the meaning of the Hebrew word for “meditate” means to ruminate [think deeply about something], chew, or say over and over again. To meditate is to allow for something to permeate all that you are. To not just recall what God’s spoken but to remember it; to not just swallow mouthfuls of church and the Word but to chew on it daily, to savor every bit of God’s promises. It’s the act of meditation that allows what God has spoken to you, changed in you and begun in you to produce transformation.
In order to experience transformation this year, meditate on God’s Word and what He’s speaking to you.
“Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies.” Philippians 4:9 MSG