"Whatcha doin?" I asked my then four year old son as I walked into his room.
It was a Saturday morning and he was perched atop his bunk, head in his hands as if he was in some sort of angst.
"Pondewing," he replied.
"Oh! What does pondering mean?" I wasn't one hundred percent sure he really understood the meaning of the word, I mean he WAS only four!
"Mommy! You know! It means when you're finkin bout somefin weally, weally hard."
So he DID know what it means!! "Oh yeah! Thanks for reminding me buddy! So what exactly are you pondering this early in the morning?"
"Wefer to have Capt'n Crunch or Wucky Charms for breafest."
Oh the life of a child! But we are like my four year old in many ways. We often ponder the temporal things while leaving the deeper things to chance.
What's the first thing you do when you go to a new restaurant? You look at the menu, thinking really, really hard about what you want to eat.
What's the first thing you do when you get an invitation to a fancy dinner or wedding? You look in your closet, thinking really, really hard about what you want to wear. (Then you go shopping!)
What's the first thing you do when you wonder into a book store? You look around, thinking really, really hard about what book you want to buy.
What's the first thing you do when your friends call you to go out when you just wanted to curl up with that book and read all night? You begin weighing your options, thinking really, really hard about what you want to do.
It's something we all do every day. Most decisions we make take some degree of pondering.
Ponder is the second of our 5 P's of passion. In order to passionately portray Christ to the world we need to be pondering the correct things; we need to think really, really hard about what really matters in life.
Yes, food and clothing are important. Yes, we want to fill our minds with good things, so being particular about the books we read is important. Yes, we need to be careful how and with whom we spend our time. These are all important things but they are not THE most important thing.
Jesus said in Matthew 6:31-33:
"So don't worry about these things, saying, 'What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?' These things dominate the minds of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and He will give you everything you need."
We need to be pondering the things of the Kingdom of God rather than the things of this world. Paul Says in Colossians 3:1 we are to "set our sights on the realities of heaven."
When we open God's Word on a daily basis, coming before God for our spiritual food thinking really, really hard about what He tells us we should be doing, we begin looking different from the world. Passionately pondering God's Word causes us to live counter- culturally.
When we look into God's Word, searching for something to wear, we begin to see the new wardrobe Christ bought for us. We hear Paul tell us:
"Put on the whole armor of God, so that you are able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil....with the belt of truth firmly fastened...the breastplate of righteousness in place, and your feet fitted with the readiness of the gospel of peace....Take the helmet of salvation..." Ephesians 6:11-17
"Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience." Colossians 3:12
"You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God."
Passionately pondering God's word transforms us into Christlikeness.
When we think really, really hard about God's Book, pondering what He says about the Lamb's Book of Life, we become more concerned about the eternal destination of those around us. As John tells us in Revelation:
"And anyone whose name was not found recorded in the Lamb's Book of Life was thrown into the lake of fire." Revelation 20:15
"Nothing evil will be allowed to enter, nor anyone who practices shameful idolatry and dishonesty - but only those whose names are written in the Lamb's Book of Life."
Passionately pondering God's Word gives us boldness to share the Good News of Christ with the world.
When we listen to God's Word, thinking really, really hard about how He says we are to behave, we begin to see the need to spend our time wisely, not wasting our days on useless activities. Once again, Paul tells us:
"So be careful how you live. Don't live like fools, but like those who are wise. Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days. Don't act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do. Don't be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, and making music to the Lord in your hearts. And give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ." Ephesians 5:15-20
Passionately pondering God's Word fills us with His Spirit, gives us His wisdom, and causes us to live productive lives.
What part of God's Word do you need to passionately ponder this week? What will you think really, really hard on from His Word? How will you passionately portray Christ to the world as a result of your pondering?
So glad you stopped by this week! Come again next week as we open the door to praise.
Until then, God bless and keep you,