GOSPEL MEDITATIONS FOR
THE CONTEMPLATION OF GOD:
Gospel Meditations are both biblically and theologically intense and complex—they are not for everyone. For those who are beginners in the Faith, these might be difficult to grasp. The discipline of examining Scripture and internalizing it requires some spiritual maturity. So then, if at first the going is rough, keep at it and grow in your understanding of both the Bible and theology, while we ask the Holy Spirit to do a “deep” work in us.
So I invite us all to meditate upon, reflect on, contemplate, and consider afresh the Word and Work of our Triune God. Each Gospel meditation will center on a passage of Scripture, and a method of reflection will be outlined each week. Perhaps early in the morning we may rise up and seek Him, as David did, and rejoice at the wonder and beauty of God our Savior.
GOSPEL MEDITATION 3:
"Looking for the Gifts of the Holy Spirit"
28 And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions. 29 Even on the male and female servants in those days I will pour out my Spirit. (ESV)
- 1. Find a place where you can be alone and apart.
2. Be comfortably alert, being still and at peace.
3. Say the Lord’s Prayer.
4. Sing the Jesus Prayer.
5. Pray for family, friends, and yourself.
6. Slowly and carefully read the passage.
7. Reread it.
8. List, in your mind, the central points of the passage.
9. Background: the prophet looked ahead to a time when people other than prophets,
priests, and kings would be gifted by the power of the Holy Spirit. Peter quoted this passage, see Acts 2:17-21, in his Pentecost sermon
10. On receiving the Spirit, no distinction is made on the basis of gender, age, or social status—but on “all flesh.”
11. Might this include you?
12. Are you aware of any spiritual gift you might have?
13 Does it matter if you have a gift in large or small portions?
14. Often others are more aware of a grace gift than the person who actually is exercising the gift.
15. You need not be aware of a gift you have to be working in the Vineyard. Often we are equipped as we set about the work.
16. Do you need to be recognized for your labor or is simple faithfulness enough for you in the honoring of your God who sees in secret.
17. Being quiet, then, let God speak to you through His Word.
18. Conclude this Gospel Meditation now with a word of thanks and praise.