I did not have a life verse until my freshman year of college.
I didn’t know what purpose they served because I thought we were supposed to like all the Scripture verses.
My mother pointed out one day that having a life verse was just as much as it was cracked up to be.
She did not articulate why in the list that I am going to provide for you today, but what she said can be broken up into 5 items.
5 reasons why life verses are important
1. Life verses cater to who you are
If you’re a practical person, you may like verses that talk about doing ministry.
If you’re an emotional person, you may like verses that cry out to God for help or verses that communicate joy.
Basically, any kind of person you are, the Bible has themed verses that could cater to you.
2. Life verses cater to what you’re going through
People always cling to the verses or passages of Scripture that most relate to their circumstance.
If they feel joyful, they may cling to songs of praise in the book of Psalms. If they feel desperate, they may cling to the same book, but focus on songs of despair.
3. Life verses are motivational
Life verses are motivation in that they point us back to God and remind us why we live.
Some people are burnt out with their ministry, job, friendships, and school. Life verses can motivate us to keep going–not for our sake, but for God’s.
4. Life verses are those that are easily called to mind
It may just happen that certain verses stick in your head more than others, or it could be that you are intent on memorizing a more difficult verse.
The point is that in times of need, you are reminded of certain verses that correspond with your situation.
5. Life verses are encouraging
When you pick a few verses to call your life verses, you can use them as encouragement when you’re feeling burnt out, worthless, or uncertain.
Life verses are encouraging because they point you back to God who loves you deeply and wants you to have his word on your heart.
Why Romans 8:28 is my life verse
For a long time, my life verse was Colossians 3:17 where Paul says, “Whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”
I selected this verse as my life verse at a time where I wanted to be intentional for promoting the kingdom of God with my actions.
Next, I chose Psalm 73: 25-26 where King David says, “Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”
I chose this verse during a time of loss and depression. My prayer was for God to be the joy of my heart.
Now, my life verse is Romans 8:28 where Paul says, “We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
This verse connects to my passion, which is showing people that there is hope in spite of terrible things that have happened in their past.
I am on the other side of some terrible things that have happened to me, so I have the ability to look back and see how God has used those things for my good, since I love him.
Any time I can, I like to encourage people with this verse.
If they don’t know Jesus or do not yet want to have a relationship with them, I tell them that the only way to have hope through their struggles is by choosing Jesus.
4 ways for followers of Jesus to use Romans 8:28
1. Churches can do a sermon series on how Jesus demonstrated the truth of this verse
Ministers can elaborate on Jesus’ teaching, healing, and ministry while he was on earth.
2. Churches can provide Bible studied focused on this verse
Ministers can develop a Bible study curriculum that allows people to discuss what this verse means to them as well as how Jesus demonstrated this verse during his time on earth.
3. Churches can encourage and provide transportation for people to do consistent ministry
I’m not talking about week-long mission trips. I’m talking about serving at an organization or serving someone in the community on a weekly basis.
This will develop relationships with non-believers and give church members an opportunity to share the hope of choosing Jesus.
4. Churches can use a Sunday school curriculum of this verse for elementary-aged children
If churches can communicate this hope to people while they are young, it is more likely to stick with them as they get older.
Church community will grow while passing along the message of Romans 8:28
If church leaders and church members can consistently use this verse to give hope to people who do not know Jesus, they will grow as a unit–the way Jesus wanted them to.
If you do not have a life verse yet and don’t know how to look, here are some popular ones that can get you started: Encouraging verses. <–Click here.
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