THE PERMEATED LIFE
Jesus was permeated with the Word of God. We can practice biblical meditation with most of the same factors in Jesus’ life. Let me illustrate with the analogy of a cup of tea. Picture a clear glass cup.
In this analogy your mind is the cup of hot water and the tea bag represents your intake of Scripture.
Hearing God's Word is like one dip of the tea bag into the cup. Some of the tea's flavour is absorbed by the water, but not as much as would occur with a more thorough soaking of the bag.
Reading, studying, and memorizing God's Word is like additional plunges of the tea bag into the cup. The more frequently the tea enters the water, the more permeating its effect.
Meditation, however, is like immersing the bag completely and letting it steep until all the rich tea flavour has been extracted and the hot water is thoroughly tinctured reddish brown.
Meditation on Scripture is letting the Bible brew in the brain. Thus we might say that as the tea colours the water, meditation likewise "colours" our thinking. When we meditate on Scripture it colours our thinking about God, about God's ways and his world, and about ourselves.
Could we say that this is simply a combination of passionate study and human discipline? What’s the difference between being permeated with the Scriptures or the works of Shakespeare?
When Paul is teaching the church in Corinth, he takes them beyond just a zealous, book learning approach when it comes to the wisdom of God. Scholarship and tradition are not enough to comprehend God’s message. Holy Spirit must be our teacher—our private tutor if you will.
It is the involvement of Holy Spirit in our life that takes us into experiencing the mind of Christ. We can actually think thoughts that resonate with how Jesus thought. Think about it! Christian meditation with the Scriptures takes the message of God and creates a dialogue with Holy Spirit where we are imparted wisdom.
If you have experienced this, you know that God speaks through the Scriptures and has a recognizable voice. In meditation we discern the voice of the Good Shepherd.