I will never forget all of the times I had to cram a verse into my head before the quiz sheet was handed out. In high school I did not appreciate the exercise of committing Scripture to memory and thought that it was stupid to grade me on my ability to memorize a verse or two. Now, as I am older, and hopefully a bit wiser, I see why the school wanted us memorizing Scripture.
Your word is a lamp to my feet, and a light to my path.
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might.
11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.
12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.
13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.
14 Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness,
15 and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace.
16 In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one;
17 and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God,
18 praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints,
19 and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel,
20 for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak.
For my own good. For my own protection. For my ability to be an active member of the Church, fulfilling the Great Commission commanded to us by our Lord:
18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.
19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
How can I do this if I don’t have an understanding of His Word? If I haven’t worked to commit it to memory, to hide it in my heart? How can I ensure that I will act as one who loves Christ if his Word has not lined the very walls of my heart?
It is only through His Word that I can prepare myself for His Work and protect myself against the attacks that have been coming and are sure to continue for the rest of my life.
Reading the Word on a daily basis is one thing, and a good thing, but is not enough. We must make the Word a part of our very being; a part that cannot be removed; a part that will become the well from which we draw life. This must become a part of us.
So, all of that said, and hopefully well enough that you see the importance of committing Scripture to memory, I would like to propose to you a challenge. Work with me and the other readers here to memorize a verse or passage each week. These will be passages that I will choose and publish here every Monday morning. Then for the rest of the week we will all work to memorize the verse, which will cause us to meditate on it daily so that it becomes engraved on our hearts. The daily effort will in turn commit the verse to memory by Sunday evening.
All you have to do:
- If you plan to participate leave a comment to this post
- Invite a friend or two to join you in the practice and have them comment on this post so that I know they are participating (there are easy sharing buttons at the bottom of this post)
- Maybe send a tweet out or share this with your friends on Facebook
- Then, on Monday morning come back here (sign up via email to have it delivered to your inbox) and see what you will be meditating on for the next seven days.
- During the week feel free to view the post and leave your comments on the verse, what you have learned, etc.
- On Sunday come back to the post to let us know if you were able to memorize it
That’ll do it. I hope that through this you are challenged in your walk and that ultimately you grow closer to the Lord as His Word becomes a part of you.
(Don’t forget, comment below if you plan to participate!)