Philippians 4:8 (NKJV)
8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.
Have you ever stopped to think about the things you think about? I have to admit, I seldom do this. Think about it, how much time do we spend contemplating things that matter very little when we consider the big picture. Not to distract you too much, but, if you think about it, the best part of a cucumber tastes almost exactly like the worst part of a watermelon. There, you are welcome, chew on that for a bit. But in all honesty, how much time do we spend thinking about things that just do not matter? Probably more than we would like to admit.
Things That Are True
How often do you find yourself dedicating large amounts of time to something other than the Bible? If you are anything like me… a lot! Instead of spending time memorizing useless trivia, outdated sports statistics, and other useless knowledge, we should be studying the things that are true. This of course is a direct reference to God’s word. We should be in continual study of the Bible.
Noble, Just, Pure, & Lovely
If we look at the state of the world right now we see the opposite of noble, just, pure, and lovely. We should be distancing ourselves from anything other than what is just and noble. All we have to do today is turn on the television for a few minutes and our minds are filled with the things we as Christians ought to be avoiding.
Focus On God
We want to focus on things of good report, that are virtuous, and all things praiseworthy. That should be our focus in life. We should be focusing on doing the things that we know would please the Lord. By focusing on the praiseworthy, we can avoid the things displeasing to God.
Meditate On These Things
Many of these things do not come naturally to us. We must do more than think about godly things, we must truly meditate upon them. We cannot meditate on these things if we give them five minutes of attention each day. If we give our lives over to the Lord completely, if we choose to make His commandments our priority, if we treat God with the reverence He deserves, then we will please the Lord and receive His blessings.
Our most valuable commodity is our time. We will never be able to add to our time here on earth. We must decide what we are going to do with that time. Are we going to use that time focusing on the foolish things of this world or are we going to meditate on God’s word and commandments?
Romans 10:17 (NKJV)
17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.