So, I guess I should probably start this out by first explaining what a “life verse” is to me. And that is where we hit our first rabbit trail.
I grew up in a very small church. We were huge in our faith walk, but small in numbers. I mean there were times I remember you could count the people on one hand. So what that meant is there were a lot of fads that swept threw the Body of Christ that I didn’t experience until much later, if at all. One of these was having a “life verse”.
It was explained to me that it was a particular verse or passage of Scripture that had a great significance to you. Some piece of God’s Word that seemed to give you a little more focus. Or even something that seemed to be written especially for you. It was interesting as I grew older and started to meet more Christians. More and more started sharing their “life verse” with me and that led me to examine my heart in the light of His Word to find my verse.
For those who have met me and gotten to know me there are several words that can be used to describe me. Some of them are more colorful than others. But what I found in my own self reflection was that I, like all, have fallen so short of God’s glorious standard and needed help. As I contemplated what my verse might be, I also asked God to reveal to me a particular passage that would stay with me and help me during those times of struggle. There were so many to choose from and so many great ones that seemed to make my short list. Scriptures like Joshua 1:8, Isaiah 50:4-5, John 17:3, James 1:19, Jeremiah 29:11, 1 Timothy 4:12, Proverbs 3:5-6, and even Ecclesiastes 9:11 (yes, that was during my Color Me Bad faze). But then it truly hit me. Romans 12:1-3.
Romans 12:1-3 NKJV
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy,
acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one the measure of faith.
You see this passage reminded me to deny my fleshly desires. To walk by faith as I’m led by the Holy Spirit instead of feelings or my own “stinkin thinkin”. A focus on humility as God doesn’t love me any more than you. And most importantly to find my true self worth in Christ. This, along with many more thoughts, brought me adopting this passage as my “life verse”.
So, how about you? Have you found your “life verse”? What is it? Why did you choose it? Or did it choose you?