Life Verses

Here’s a trick question:

Who invented the idea of a personal mission statement?

  • A) Peter Drucker
  • B) Tom Peters
  • C) An Obscure Evangelical Christian

If you guessed C, you’re correct!

Evangelical Christians love the idea of Life Verses. Life Verses are just like personal mission statements on they are Bible verses that reflect God’s Will for the individual.  Usually not long after conversion fellow Christians will ask the new convert if God has given them a life verse yet. Life verses are usually given after periods of reflection, struggle, or intense recruiting by a missions board.  The normal time to receive your life verse is during your daily quiet time with God. During this time God will direct you to a particular verse and inform you that’s your life’s verse. It’s important that you make note of your life’s verse, it will become part of your testimony. More on testimonies in another post.

You’ll notice that God will sometimes lead you to a commonly known verse. Say for a missionary candidate He might lead you to the Great Commission verses in Matthew:

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

Some, going off to higher education take on a verse like Proverbs 4:7

Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom.
Though it cost all you have, get understanding

The second part of that verse could be a temporary life verse for the parents of the person going for higher education. Yes, you can have temporary life verses. God will supply them as they are needed, particularly during stressful times.

Life verses are supposed to be guiding and uplifting at the same time. Hence, The Ten Commandments are rarely used as a life verse. Although some people SHOULD use this verse as a life verse, they never do:

If your right eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell.

So, what do you do with your life verse. As I said before it becomes part of your personal testimony.Memorize your life verse so that you can bring it up often in conversations and during Bible study or small group meetings.Quoting your life verse often will remind fellow Christians that God has been leading you through your verse. You can also write your verse on a file card or two. One for your bathroom mirror, the other for your refrigerator. You can also use your life verse as a basis for your personal mission statement.

Published in: on 05/18/2010 at 9:46 pm  Leave a Comment  

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