I thought I had it all going for me. I was living the dream in the greatest country in the world. I was the youngest homeowner in one of the richest counties in America. Did I mention I had a mint condition candy apple red 1966 Mustang Convertible, and my family owned a lucrative construction company. Socially, things were very exciting. I was rubbing shoulders with really famous people like Michael Jordan, Julia Roberts, and the list goes on and on. Of course, I thought I had it all going for me! Boy was I wrong.
Even though I had been saved for almost my whole life, I just knew I was on the wrong track and on the wrong train spiritually and was going nowhere fast. I needed to do something about it and quick. Sure, I was going to church just about every Sunday and I wasn’t a bad person by any means, but I was not walking with the Lord as closely as I knew I should have been. We have all felt that way before or know of someone who has. I was looking for answers.
I am sure you have been able to relate to Bible characters at different times of your life, haven’t you? At this time, I could really relate to Abraham. I needed to obey God’s call on my life and leave my father and my mother and the land of my nativity and go to the place where God told me to go. I would never imagine the journey that God had in store for me would have me living in Jerusalem for four years, earning two master’s degrees there, marrying my wife in the Old City of Jerusalem, being a father of four great kids, etc.
So, to make a long story short, I sold my house and that gorgeous car (I had to pay for college somehow!). I quit the family business, which promised a very comfortable life, and left Illinois behind to attend Shasta Bible College in Redding, California so I could become equipped to serve the Lord in full time ministry.
Right before I left, the pastor of my church encouraged me to memorize a short passage during my long drive to California; it was the passage in Matthew chapter 6 which speaks of faith and not worrying. All I had memorized at that time was Genesis 1:1 and John 3:16. I thought, “Who needs to memorize when I have numerous copies of the Bible?” but I decided I would take him up on the challenge. Well my friends, I have never regretted that fateful day I began to seriously memorize Scripture and neither will you.
The encouragement I have gained from memorizing that short passage on not worrying about tomorrow has guided me into a life of faith now headed on the right track and on the right train spiritually. In fact, one of the ministries I am a part of is like few others: it is called Wordsower and we tell the Bible word for word from memory dramatically as the sermon and also teach the techniques of how to memorize in Sunday School. The presentations are unique, it’s kind of like Moses is reciting Genesis 1-11 or the apostle John is reciting the entire book of Revelation right there in front of you. The word of God without anything added or taken away is so powerful, isn’t it? I really believe the Bible was originally meant more for the ears than the eyes. It’s like reading Mozart versus hearing Mozart. You can read Mozart on the page and can imagine hearing what it might sound like, but then to hear Mozart played really well by someone, it takes on a different life doesn’t it? It is similar with the Word of God. Faith comes by hearing!
I don’t know the entire Bible from heart, nobody does, but I can tell what I know from memory for over 14 hours straight. That doesn’t make me better than anyone else; it just goes to show how I believe in the power of putting as much as the Word of God in my heart as I possibly can. But we need to be motivated, don’t we?
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Tom Meyer