MEDITATING AND MINISTRY
As has been said meditation makes for meaningful ministry to the Body of Christ. There is much to meditate on and receive from and serve God's Family with.
And it comes from:
1. Knowing the New Testament.
2. Learning about faith, justification, sin, salvation, godliness, etc.
3. Being familiar with the whole Bible.
4. And for practical purposes, memorising the names and order of the 39 Old and 27 New Testament books can be very useful.
As far as translations go, the New King James is good. It is set out in verse form which makes it easier to learn from.
Finally, let's remind ourselves of the necessity of meditating. Timothy had a big job on his hands. He was somewhat younger than the usual for the task. He was encouraged to meditate and "give yourself entirely":
"Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity.
Till I come, give attention to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.
Do not neglect the gift that is in you, which was given to you by prophecy with the laying on of the hands of the eldership.
Meditate on these things; give yourself entirely to them, that your progress may be evident to all," 1 Timothy 4'12-16.
Prayer. Heavenly Father, thank you for the privilege of drawing near to you in meditation. And by it being partner with the Holy Spirit in ministry to your People.
In Jesus' name. Amen.
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