The Challenge

My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, Proverbs 2:1

Most, if not all, of you are reading this on your computer monitor. We all know how to do the basics on a computer: open, write, save, print, search, and send. When you save a file, you are storing it away for future use. When we want to open the file again, we simply click on the file name and it opens. It has been stored away for us to use a hundred or a thousand times unless we replace it with updated information or move it to a different place.

You and I know the importance of hiding the Word of God in our hearts. We’ve seen its power in our lives and in the lives of others. It has the power to transform.

But our internal hard drives contain only the bare necessities. It’s like we forget to save what we read.

My challenge to you this year is this: find a passage of Scripture and commit it to memory. Fill up your memory hard drive with those verses. It may be one or it may be an entire chapter of Scripture. Make it reasonable but make it challenging (memorizing the entire New Testament, while admirable, isn’t very reasonable withoutt a solid plan to carry it out). Read it when you rise and when you go to bed. Print it on cards, Mutter it in the car on your way to work. Mumble it as you prepare supper each night.

When you know the passage as well as you know John 3:16, say it a few hundred times more. The goal here isn’t quantity of Scripture memorized but quality of the memorization. By the time you get to this point, you will have seen how transforming the Word of God can be in your life.

Ephesians 1, Ephesians 5, Psalm 1, Psalm 23, Psalm 112, Psalm 139, Galatians 2 are all great chapters of Scripture to memorize. Obviously there are others, many others to choose from. Choose one. You can do it. When you do, write and tell me. (Lord willing, and He is, I am finally going to nail Psalm 139 after a few years of learning bits and pieces of it).

Like I said, you can do it.

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