Read John 15:1-17. Can you remember your telephone number? Where you left the TV remote last night? What your favourite meal is? We remember what’s important to us.
One of the most important ways we can ensure that Jesus’ words are guiding and directing our lives is to memorise Scripture. But many people say, “but I can’t memorise!” Whilst I agree it takes some effort, you’ve probably just proven that you can memorise what’s important to you!
Memorising Scripture can help in so many ways. It can help have the victory over worry (worry is negative memorising in many ways!). It can keep you encouraged when things are tough. It can help you resist temptation. It can help develop your prayer life. In fact, Jesus says that if his words remain in you, then you can pray for anything you want, and it will be granted! (Of course, if Jesus’ words remain in you, you’re not going to ask for anything that’s contrary to those words). Memorising Scripture can also make it easier to share God’s Good News with those with whom you come into contact.
If you haven’t tried it before, I encourage you to give it a go. Just start with one verse a week. Write it on a piece of paper or a Post-It note and put it somewhere prominent to remind you. Or make it your smartphone’s home screen. There are even apps that will help you. Review it several times a day and only move on to another verse when you have the first one under your belt. As you move forward, keep reviewing the verses you have already learned. It might be helpful to ask a friend from the corps or church to help you. You could say the verses out loud to each other and you could encourage each other to keep going when you come across a tough verse to crack!
Memorising Scripture is the key to unlocking the Bible. Give it a go today!
THINK IT OVER
Think about the following:
• What can you do today to start the habit of memorising Scripture?
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