I lead a small group of high school girls (they’re awesome!). A few weeks ago, we did a Bible study on studying the Bible. In that, we learned the importance of Scripture memory. Memorizing Scripture is important for so many reasons. Having Scripture written on your heart can help you overcome temptation, remind you of God’s promises, give you words to say when someone asks you about your faith, etc. We all learned that memorizing Scripture was an area we were all lacking in, so we decided to challenge each other to memorize Scripture together. I would like for you to join us! On Mondays (Memory Verse Mondays!) I will post the verse we are memorizing & a short post on what God is teaching me through that verse. I challenge you to memorize the Scripture with us! Let’s start with this week’s verse…
“I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in Me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from Me you can do nothing.” -John 15:5 (NIV)
I have heard this verse countless times, but God revealed something new to me through it at Passion 2013. As I’ve said, my husband and I are in student ministry and I feel like I’m constantly praying things like… “God, let our ministry bear fruit… God let our ministry glorify you… etc.” Through the teaching of Francis Chan, I was reminded that I personally need to focus on myself abiding in Christ. If I am not personally abiding in Christ, neither I or our ministry can do anything. Therefore, my prayer for 2013 is to live a John 15:5 life. It’s my desire to abide completely in Christ, and I know that if I am personally abiding in Christ that will overflow into our ministry. You may not be on staff at a church, but hopefully, if you are a Christian, you are involved in some type of ministry. So, my challenge to you is what my personal challenge is! Focus on abiding in Christ in your personal life and let that overflow to the ministries God has placed you in!
I would love to hear what God is teaching you through this verse. Leave a comment & let’s encourage each other through God’s Word!