The “Life Verse”… What Is It?
A common understanding regarding a “life verse” is that it is an inspirational passage from Holy Scripture that has a particular significance for your life, or that inspires you in some way. In browsing through a number of online sites, I have seen people document multiple life verses, changing from youth through adolesence, on into college and through young adulthood into fully-fledged adulthood. While I cannot disagree with people that have found more than one life verse to be applicable to their unique circumstances, I feel that a life verse is much more focused: it is a statement that “rings true” for you not unlike the pure tonal aspect of a perfectly cast bell when it has been struck with purpose; its beauty is that it is truth: it calls, it beckons, it echoes through every corridor of your life, not only those freshly walked, but also those long shuttered, as well as the paths not taken, and finally those paths that have been forsaken for whatever reason that one’s mind has closed them off. Another way of saying this is that the life verse is for all of you. When I see a life verse, I want to understand as best as I might be able to why that life verse is special to a person: what makes it thoroughgoingly compelling; why is it so precious? Every person’s life is a quilt: the fabrics are different, the stitching is artfully crafted in some places, commonplace in most others, the depth and warmth vary greatly, and the colors are all over the map, but… in every quilt is a life verse that sooner or later makes itself evident; it is as integral a part of each quilt as the fabric from which that quilt was fashioned.
God is the Creator of every such quilt that represents a living soul. Let it be said that God does not create junk, as evidenced by verse 20 of the 1st chapter of the book of Romans:
For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities – his eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.
It therefore necessarily follows that every life that God has created as a living soul into which He breathed the breath of life has meaning and purpose. God creates each living soul as pleases Him, as verse 21 of the 9th chapter of the book of Romans states:
Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for noble purposes and some for common use?
We are all different, as verses 11-13 of the 4th chapter of the book of Ephesians invite our attention to:
It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.
God has given every living soul the capability to turn to Him and, when we have done so with a repentant heart that asks Him to forgive the sins by which we have offended Him through the shed blood of His Son Jesus Christ, He freely gives the Holy Spirit, as evidenced in verses 13-14 of the 1st chapter of the book of Ephesians:
And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession – to the praise of his glory.
It is at this time that one receives the “life verse”.
Please note that I said that this is when one receives the life verse… one may not know that life verse until much later on!
I illustrate this using the example of my own life. I did not come to a knowledge of the saving grace of Jesus Christ, and a belief in Him as Lord and Messiah, Savior and King of my life until I was well into my 50s, and I did not come to know and understand my “life verse” until September 14, 2009. If you find the exact date of my knowing my life verse intriguing at all, please read my post entitled ‘God Still Speaks…’ here, and you will understand what I mean when I maintain that every living soul has one definitive life verse.
God bless you, and thanks for reading my post today.