Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good!
Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!
(Psalm 34:8 ESV)
Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.
(John 15:4-5 ESV)
All followers of Jesus are called to “taste and see that the Lord is good.” The person who thinks on Jesus and embraces the cross-centered life, puts themselves in a place to experience God’s presence more fully. A mind focused on the exalted Christ, who is seated at the right hand of the Father in heavenly places, will attract the presence of the Holy Spirit.
Spiritually feasting on God’s word, and drinking of his Spirit, releases the benefits of truth to our souls. Joy and peace can’t be learned or earned, they can only be experienced. “These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.” (John 15:11 ESV)
Our calling is to abide in the Vine, so that we can “bear much fruit.” The fruit of the Spirit can only come from being connected to the river of life. Our growth in the Spirit comes from the throne of God, and it is the result of Gods grace. We can’t earn God’s presence, we can only position ourselves spiritually to receive Him.
Some warn against meditation and contemplation, and rightly so, because it’s possible to fall into error, if our minds are not informed by truth, and sound doctrine, But, meditating on the truth of Scripture, and praying it back to God, as opposed to emptying your mind is a safe passage into the presence of God.
We are called to have “the mind of Christ” and we must remember that Jesus is our source of power, and the cross is his instrument to change us. The power of the cross is trans-formative to our nature, when it is embraced.