Throughout the years I’ve heard many a pastor, teacher, and speaker share their “life verse” – that one verse which upholds, calls, and encourages them as they go about their walk of faith. If you don’t have one, it’s not a bad exercise to think about the verses that have impacted you most significantly. Is there any one verse that has really given your spiritual life direction? Perhaps that is your “life verse.”
When asked to share my own, Ezra 7:10 immediately came to mind. But as I thought about my years of knowing Christ and walking this road we call the Christian life, I also thought of a number of other verses that gave my life direction, meaning, and purpose.
These fifteen Bible references are the hooks on which God has hung the call and objectives of my own personal ministry… a ministry practiced whether I was in a business career or paid ministry position. I have marked the texts that most spoke into my heart in bold type. I share them with you in the hopes they may, in some small way, be an inspiration for your life.
1. Deuteronomy 5:31
But as for you, stand here by Me, that I may speak to you all the commandments and the statutes and the judgments which you shall teach them, that they may observe them in the land which I give them to possess.
2. Ezra 7:10
… Ezra had determined to study and obey the Law of the Lord and to teach those decrees and regulations to the people of Israel.
3. Psalm 119:97
O how I love Your law! It is my meditation all the day.
4. Proverbs 15:2
The tongue of the wise makes knowledge acceptable, But the mouth of fools spouts folly.
5. Jeremiah 3:15
Then I will give you shepherds after My own heart, who will feed you on knowledge and understanding.
6. Jeremiah 9:24
but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord who exercises lovingkindness, justice and righteousness on earth; for I delight in these things,” declares the Lord.
7. Ezekiel 34:5
They were scattered for lack of a shepherd, and they became food for every beast of the field and were scattered.
8. Micah 6:8
He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God?
9. Malachi 2:6
True instruction was in his mouth and unrighteousness was not found on his lips; he walked with Me in peace and uprightness, and he turned many back from iniquity.
10. Philippians 1:27
Only conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or remain absent, I will hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel;
11. 1 Timothy 4:16
Pay close attention to yourself and to your teaching; persevere in these things, for as you do this you will ensure salvation both for yourself and for those who hear you.
12. 2 Timothy 2:15
Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.
13. Philemon 1:7
For I have come to have much joy and comfort in your love, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through you, brother.
14. 1 Peter 5:2
shepherd the flock of God among you, exercising oversight not under compulsion, but voluntarily, according to the will of God; and not for sordid gain, but with eagerness
15. 2 Peter 1:15
And I will also be diligent that at any time after my departure you will be able to call these things to mind.
Where in His Word is God speaking to your heart? Where are the tugs, the sparks, and the bright spots? God may be trying to give you spiritual hooks on which to hang your personal ministry.
Think about it.