Do You Have a “Life Verse”?

If you could have one verse of Scripture engraved onto your tombstone, what would it be?  Or if you could have one verse and only one scripted and framed to hang in your living room or kitchen, which verse would you choose?  Or, to put it a little differently, if someone were to write a biography of your life and put one verse on the title page, what verse would best summarize your aspirations and experiences as a Christian?

I’d love to know your verse, and the reason for it.

I have been thinking about this for years, and I can’t narrow myself down to one verse.  But the verse for Sunday’s sermon — Galatians 2:20 — is near the top.  Out of the 31,102 verses in the Bible, we’d have a hard time coming up with a better choice than this one:

I am crucified with Christ:  nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me:  and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me (KJV).

This is a verse I memorized during my college days; I’ve been mulling over it for thirty-five years, but I have yet to plumb its depths.  In simplest fashion, it seems to present three configurations to the Christian life.  That will be the subject of Sunday’s sermon at TDF.  (For an advance look, click here.)

One thought on “Do You Have a “Life Verse”?

  1. Dear Robert:
    One of my favorite verses is IICor. 5:17. I was cutting grass in the back yard and it came to mind that this verse is the gateway to understanding the reality of what Christ has done for us and what He wants to do through us. When he came into our lives he brought the whole train load with Him. We now have the Holy Spirit, new attitudes, new love for others, a new message of hope, new power, new forgivesness, new friends, new understanding of God, new vision, new understanding of His word, new eyes to see the real world that we live in, and the beat goes on. We need to hear this from our pastors and other believers. I have been deeply impacted by the shear number of things that God has done for us through the knowledge of the Most Holy One.
    By the way I just learned last week that you are a friend of Warren Peak. His mom and dad are friends of mine and we go to the same church. When are you going to come and visit us? I was the stranger that came to your church about two months ago and you were away from the office on a speaking engagement. We will meet one of these days. Your three books on the singing soul are my constant companions. I have been given the Red Sea Rules and look forward to reading this timely message. You have blessed me and my family and we are grateful. Jim

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