Your go-to scriptures and Bible verses are probably different than mine and both of ours are probably different than a third person. This is exactly why teenagers and those young in the faith need a large collection of Christian voices in their lives. Not one person can help impart the Bible to a student, but they can gain wisdom being around all of us – the church.
I think it’s natural that we all have our go-to Scriptures and talking points about faith. It’s good to be exposed the whole Bible, which is why a specific reading plan in your daily devotions is also important. But I like the idea that each believer brings a passion toward a certain aspect of faith. The next generation and those young in the faith have a chance – through relationships and conversations – to get a sampling of all the different ways people respond in faith to Jesus and his Word.
- Some people can’t help but talk about the justice issues in the Bible.
- Others can’t help talking about God’s love from the Bible.
- Some people pull out amazing leadership insights from the Bible.
- Lots of people use the stories to share truths.
- People are motivated by obedience, wisdom, and decisive action in Scripture.
- Others are motivated by mission, by the early church, by healing, or by prophesy. And the list goes on.
As a result of the different ways we are drawn into this Holy Book, we memorize the scripture that resonates, we have our typical verses we talk about and the verses we go-to when we read. As I reflect on this, I wonder what my go-to Scriptures are and what they might represent to the the next generation around me. Here are the verses:
However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.
He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.
1 Tim 6:12
Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.
I’m praying for our churches to grow more centered on a focus on being faithful and obedient to God’s Word so those coming after us have an opportunity to not only read the Word, but experience it through our lives. In what ways do you have an opportunity to share the Word with others?
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