“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.” – Philippians 4:8
Positive thinking is a God-given principle. It is actually Biblical thinking and should be done often. These things should be meditated on. Do not let that word meditate offend you as a Christian, it simply means to think, consider, and conclude. Done Biblically, you do not open your soul to strange practices.
Paul has been writing to the Philippian church and encouraging them in unity and love toward God and their fellow man. He exhorted them toward humility and considering others higher than themselves.
What would cause this man Paul to write these words? It was the Lord Jesus, the One who arrested Paul’s soul on that road to Damascus. It was the Holy Spirit breathing these words through Paul as the Lord’s instrument of grace and praise. Paul’s heart had been changed from a religious persecutor to a lover of souls. Paul’s goals were now in-line with God’s – salvation for all!
Paul’s changed heart would encourage the church to keep pressing toward the goal of heaven. He reminds us that as a Christ-follower, our citizenship is not here on earth but is heaven-bound. These are the things we are to meditate on.
If we view everything in the “mirror of eternity,” we will undoubtedly be waiting in anticipation for the returning of our Lord and Savior. We will be listening for the last trumpet call and living a life that will be representative of the new heaven and earth. Think on these things today as you walk with your Savior. Do not forget He is returning soon!
“May I speak each word as if my last word, and walk each step as my final one. If my life should end today, let this be my best day.” – Puritan Prayers and Devotions