Recently, Freeman and I were introduced to a great resource for memorizing scriptures. Fighter Verses are short passages of scripture that can be memorized and used to help Believers fight the good fight of faith. If you want to learn more about them, click here.
We try to memorize at least one verse a week. Before I start memorizing verses, I really like to evaluate their meaning and apply them to my life. I feel like the words I memorize will be written on my heart and not just engrained in my mind if I take the time to apply them first. The way that I like to do this is with something called the REAP method. For more information on this Bible study technique, click here. Basically, REAP stands for the following:
Read the passage.
Examine the text.
Apply the text to your life.
Pray that God helps you as you apply this text to your life.
So one day recently I was REAPing about the fighter verse below.
34“For who has known the mind of the Lord,
or who has been his counselor?”
35“Or who has given a gift to him
that he might be repaid?”
36For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.
This is a passage that I have read several times, but I have never really “gotten it.” Fortunately, in God’s sovereignty, he helped me to better understand this passage by having me read it in a different translation. Once I read the last verse in the New Living Translation, it completely made sense. Here’s how that last line reads:
36 For everything comes from him and exists by his power and is intended for his glory. All glory to him forever! Amen.
How simple is that?! Just by expanding the meaning of those words, that verse drastically changes in meaning to me! Everything in life comes from God (from him), it exists only by his power (through him), and is intended for his glory (to him). What a great reminder about the sovereignty of our amazing Creator! And what an even better admonition to us, his creation, about what we have been created for – to bring Him glory. In whatever we are doing, we exist to bring him glory.
When John Piper, the pastor who advocates The Fighter Verses, wrote a devotional on these verses, he posed the following questions:
Do you love the thought that you exist to make God look glorious? Do you love the thought that all creation exists to display the glory of God? Do you love the truth that all of history is designed by God to one day be a completed canvas that displays in the best way possible the greatness and beauty of God? Do you love the fact that Jesus came into the world to vindicate the righteousness of God and repair the injury that we had done to the reputation of the glory of God? Do you love the truth you personally exist to make God look like what he really is—glorious?
I ask again: Do you love the fact that your salvation is meant to put the glory of God’s grace on display? Do you love seeing and showing the glory of God?
And beyond that, I have nothing left to say…except are you doing everything to bring HIM glory?