Facebook is not very good for the soul. It’s fun to connect and see some pictures. We can touch base with our family spread across the miles. But Facebook has some real drawbacks, too. Let’s highlight one – Facebook doesn’t give us much hope. At least, its not always the hope we need.
I guess it is easy for people to say what they think we want to hear when we feel blue. But we were made for so much more – for real hope.
Don’t give up Facebook (not necessarily). Be sure your have God’s word with you. Not just on your phone, but where it does its deepest work – in the heart.
David Mathis of Desiring God suggests “Ten Gospel Verses to Keep Warm”. These are brief verses that we can grab hold of easily – they are short but, oh so powerful.
When you memorize a “gospel verse,” and keep it warm, you have hidden in your heart a divinely inspired and inerrant expression, in human language, of the very point of the whole Bible and all of history. You carry with you the sword of the Spirit in its strongest alloy. One-sentence encapsulations of the Bible’s central message strengthen our spiritual backbone and solidify our core, rooting us deep down in the bedrock of God’s heart and the nature of the world he made, and sending us into confident combat with unbelief, whether our own or someone’s else. “Gospel verses” are invaluable in both evangelism and discipleship.
So, alongside other Scripture memorization efforts, sprinkle in some “gospel verses” that guide and shape and flavor your whole reservoir. By “gospel verses,” we have in mind verses like John 3:16 (don’t begrudge this verse its fame — it’s for good reason), verses that communicate succinctly that Jesus saves sinners.
Wonder which verses he suggests? You can find them here.