Think about all of the stuff you have memorized over the years—in school or for your job. Now think about what you have recently memorized. Although you may not currently be involved in an academic setting, you are still actively learning. You can probably recall song lyrics, movie lines, passwords, credit card numbers, and much more. I often catch myself amused by the wide variety of things that have somehow been captured in my mind. I seem to be able to memorize things fairly easily. But, the problem is that I have short-changed my efforts to memorize that which is most edifying and that which draws me closer to God—specifically, Scripture.
I affirm that the Bible is God's Word. It is valuable and is worthy of being hidden in our hearts. God is perfect, and thus the Word of the Lord is also flawless. It is powerful and has the ability to change lives. However, many people choose to avoid memorizing significant portions and key passages of Scripture. Despite a seminary education, daily Bible study, and constant sermon preparation, I'm one of those people. Openly and honestly, I've just not been as committed to this discipline as I should be or want to be.
But that is changing. I have a few goals/resolutions for this next year, and Scripture memorization is at the top of the list. I want to challenge you as leaders to make this commitment as well. Here are a few of the reasons why you should.
It Accurately Expresses My View of Scripture
Although Scripture-memory programs are helpful and important, it seems like they shouldn't have to exist. It seems like this should be something that we are all doing without having to be told or instructed. But, as you know, that's just not always the case.