We all want to memorize the Word of God. (if we are believers in Christ Jesus of course…) but how do we keep disciplined in this area. How do we “want to” more? I think feeding on His Word is the best way to build motivation for this. When I really get serious time with the Lord Jesus and pour myself into studying and thinking about and chewing over His Word I am more motivated to memorize it. The more I push back from study, the quicker the thermometer sags down into a heap at the bottom of lists of stuff to get done throughout the week.
I also need others to quote it. This is where a dynamic takes place. When someone grabs a verse out of thin air and repeats it in context to a conversation, I am also engaged and motivated to have His Word on the tip of my tongue. Maybe that is a bit selfish, like “I want to be that spiritual too!” I don’t know, but God knows my heart. Maybe it could be another application of “spur one another on to love and good works!” (See I just pulled that one out of thin air…now…where is that found again? Oh yah – Hebrews 10:24). Maybe my seeing their love of God’s Word further motivates me? Proverbs says that a word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver – beautiful, like a treasured work of art. Seeing God’s Word in action reminds me that it is truly living and active and powerful.
We all are affected by the way each of us lives out our lives when we are part of the body of Christ. That is a fact – for good or for bad, for richer or poorer. That’s why I love our church so much. We are so far from perfect – but many just flat out love Jesus enough to take Him very seriously and to spend the time to know Him and to obey Him and I am so encouraged by the fruit and the wisdom God is bringing to pass in their lives that I could just leap for joy sometimes. I am affected by them…in a good way – I am richer for knowing them and hanging around them and ministering alongside them, and for how they draw me into a deeper understanding of just how great and lovely our God is. Like a multi-faceted diamond the Body of Christ is meant to be like that – reflecting the beauty and splendor that is our God.
I have listed some personal benefits below. But think about this – my memorizing of God’s Word and using the Sword in everyday life will create sparks that may light the fire in someone else’s devotional life – to be drawn closer to Christ and fall more in love with His Word! That’s dynamic – powerful I mean! Oh to know Him and the power of His resurrection cried the apostle! I can know Him more powerfully as I soak in His Word, commit it to memory and then share it others in His kingdom.
Here are some of those other motivations that come to my mind in thinking about memorizing God’s Word – what others can you think of that will motivate us to know Him better in this way…
- Of course an obvious benefit of hiding God’s Word in our hearts is that it helps keep us from sinning – Psalm 119:11
- The “blessed” promises of God’s Word are ours as allow His Word in – and they are all over the Bible – Psalm 1 and Psalm 119:1-3 to name a few
- Jesus’ prayer for us being one becomes a reality when we are a group letting His Word tear down arguments and any lofty thing that elevates itself against the knowledge of Him. John 17:17-21
- The very Words of God are being spread! Jesus did as much preaching and teaching as He did doing miracles because saying the Words of God was important. Paul preached the gospel because it is the Word of God. We are a letter of God’s written on our hearts! How important is it then to preach and teach to yourself the very Words of God…so that what comes out of our mouths will be what is on the inside, i.e. The Word!
This Week’s Challenge – Let’s do this!
As we consider how to spur one another on…let’s memorize together a verse that should be in our arsenal John 1:12&13
But to all who did receive him, who believed in His name, he gave the right to become children of God, 13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. – John 1:12-13