If you're thinking of starting a Christian meditation practice, or have already started, and want to know how you will change this article is for you. The following are 15 changes that occurs when you put God first in your life.
1. You Have Better Focus
Studies have shown that just 5 days of meditation improves your focus and attention. You don't have to join a monastery, or climb the tallest mountain to seek a peaceful moment. Our Lord Jesus is always with you and He is the Prince of Peace. Just take a few minutes each morning to sit with Jesus, that's it. Simple and easy.
2. You Are Less Self Centered
You must become less so God can become more. (John 3:30) When you meditate you become less, and when you become less, God can be more. Becoming less is how we can more clearly see and hear God. Minimal interference means clearer revelation and more happiness in God's will. Inevitably the ego dies leaving only love for God and others.
3. You Become More Aware Of Others
Once the ego dies (John 12:24) God's love, peace, and wisdom springs up. It opens eyes and ears so we can see and hear God and others better. Be still and know God. (Psalm 46:10)
4. You Feel Closer To God
Early in the morning, before the sun rises, before the sound of human voice, in the quietness of your mind, that's where you cultivate closeness with God. It develops sensitivity toward God and His Holy Spirit. Quietness of mind is how we fully present ourselves to God. Noise is chaos, quietness develops steadfastness of heart, soul, and mind.
5. You Think More Clearly
Study after study shows how perfect God's design of the human body really is. By just sitting quietly for a few minutes each day the human brain becomes transformed. Daphne M. Davis, PhD, and Jeffrey A. Hayes, PhD published an article with the American Psychological Association about how people obtain more mental clarity by simply meditating. Meditation removes the noisy unending chatter of the mind while making way for quietness and stillness. (Psalm 46:10) Less noise means more clarity.
6. You Waste Less Time
With a clear mind close to God you will see what's important and what's not. It may surprise you to learn that sometimes the most insignificant things can rank on the importance list. Clarity of mind produces awareness. Noise in the mind is clutter, and in clutter we miss things.
7. God Becomes The Center Of Your Attention
When God is felt and understood, He is felt and understood. Most people go through life never knowing God. Some may experience a profound moment or two in life but never cultivate a profound relationship. Christian meditation is way to develop a deep and meaningful relationship with the Vine of Life. (John 15:5)
8. Your Love and Compassion Grows
God's love becomes your love through Christian meditation. Rich with God's love you can love others more perfectly.
9. You Live More In The Present With God
Without the noise and clutter of the mind you can live in the present moment with God. The Lord said, "So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." ~ Matthew 6:34
Living in the present moment with God is how God becomes present to us in each moment.
10. You Worry Less
This should not come as no surprise to you. Developing a steady mind with God means worry vanishes from the mind. You still may have a concern or two, but worry is no longer a torturous badger. Here's God's word:
"You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you." ~ Isaiah 26:3
A 2017 study shows just how right God's word is. People who practiced simple meditation techniques, liking sitting quietly for few minutes each day, found that the effects were just as powerful as therapy. Imagine what the results might have been if participants were told to meditate on God's word. (John 14:23)
11. You Feel Calmer
Meditation translates God's peace to your nervous system, it's that simple. The peace you experience with God during meditation stays with you. Try it.
12. You Understand People Better
With clarity of mind you can understand people better. Good or bad, things become more clear to you. Hearing is one thing, understanding with vision is another. God gave us great wisdom and ability. We are created in His image but are hampered by the clutter of the mind.
13. You Become Free From Emotional Chaos
The greatest source of pain and suffering is emotional chaos. Emotions were created so we can feel and know. Uncontrolled emotions constantly triggered by passing worldly events overstimulate us and void our knowledge of God. Meditating on God keeps us steady and always aware of His presence, much like Jesus.
Many people think there is mystical, or secret, agenda to meditation when it's really the opposite. Meditation allows the mind to let go of all the noise, all the clutter, all agendas, and just be with God. Meditation is minimalism of mind.
It is a way of being. Just being.
No agenda, no mystical practices, no magic tricks. It is in our minimal state of being that God can be more. It is in our minimal state of mind that we can comprehend God more. We have to be less, so God can be more.
15. You Love God More
When all thought, all noise, and all the clutter is removed for a few minutes each day we can truly love God with all our heart, soul, and mind. God always responds with love and that love can be translated to everyone around you.
Be at peace. Stay strong in the Lord and meditate everyday. We're praying for you every morning so you are not alone in your journey.
God bless you. See you in the kingdom.