By Pastor Jonathan S. Ferriol
The second book of Corinthian 5:17 holds a special place in my heart. It was my first “life verse.” My mom introduced it to me after I became a believer 35 years ago. The words of Apostle Paul, “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation, the old is gone, the new has come,” spoke strongly to me then as a new Christian. Today it still challenges and inspires me. I love also quoting it as a proof text in my evangelistic sermons and giving it as an incentive to any new believer in the church.
In high school, I fell in love with a new passage and immediately made it my second life verse. It is Luke 12:48, “When someone has been given much, much will be required in return; and when someone has been entrusted with much, even more will be required.” Like my first life verse, these words of Jesus spoke equally strong to me, if not, stronger! But unlike 2 Corinthians 5:17, this passage is framed within a context of threat of pain – lots of pain! (see verse 47, if you dare!). It reminds me of Theodore Roosevelt’s words, “Speak softly, carry a big stick!” I particularly don’t like being hit or beaten up (except for a good cause), so I just focus on doing my assignments, which by the way, are exponentially increasing with my age, without complaining!
I don’t accessorize, but a life verse, I believe, is a wonderful spiritual accessory that you could put, on top of the armor of God which hopefully, you are wearing! A life verse is a short but meaningful passage in the Bible that you adopt as a principle during a particular period in your life. It could be a verse that helps you find comfort when in pain, guidance when searching, challenge you in your pursuits, or hope when struggling and so on. If a witty or a wise quote could do us good; a meaningful life verse will surely do a better job of making us better disciples of Jesus in His church.
A life verse will also provide you with an effective counter-balance to the ever-popular godless thinking widespread in today’s new media such as the Internet as well as in social media sites such as Facebook. It comes, therefore, as a no surprise that there are believers in the church today who are so earthly minded, instead of heavenly minded! But a life verse will greatly help us achieve advantage, if not, victory over these daily instrusions of the enemy inside our lives. The psalmist said, “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you” – Psalm 119:11.
After my eldest daughter’s baptism, my wife and I bought her a nice and handly Bible as a gift. And just like what my mother did to me, I showed Miracle 2 Corinthians 5:17 as her life verse. My prayer is that this verse will also speak to her in such a way that it did to me, 35 years ago.
What’s your life verse? If you don’t have one yet, will you get one today?