Ever have a quote that stuck out to you? A verse that changed you for the better?
One quote that did that for me was/is Jeremiah 24:7. Here it is in the English Standard Version:
“I will give them a heart to know that I am the Lord, and they shall be my people and I will be their God, for they shall return to me with their whole heart.”
I’ve forgotten it many times in my life. But every time I read it I get excited. Not just because of the truth contained therein but also in the discovery of that verse.
You see, I’m not the type of person to open up my Bible to any place and ask God to reveal to me some truth. But I did this one time. Let me set the scene.
I was in the living room of a friend’s house. I stayed the night because we were cramming ourselves silly with the story of Jack Bauer. I think we watched like 12 episodes in a row. And I was hoping to see God move through the college ministry I was helping at the time. I had helped start this college ministry and been through the trials and tribulation. And we were going through a major transition.
We had been doing ministry through other students for a year or so and we felt like God was calling us to start over. And as all churches do when they start over, we wanted to have a name change. We had the name of United Christian Fellowship (UCF) and we knew that this was not a trendy name and it didn’t really define us anymore. At first, we wanted to be like McDonalds and be in every city in the world. God humbled us.
So name change time…
I was dead tired from watching the exploits of Mr. Bauer and I told God that He must give me a new name for the ministry because I was tired and we had been thinking about it for a week or so.
So I opened up my Bible and asked Him to guide me to the verse that would define a movement of God.
Jeremiah 24:7. I didn’t even start with verse 1. My eyes went straight to verse 7. (Why do we call it a verse? Most non-Christians probably hate that term or have no idea what we are talking about. Why not just call it quote or something like that? I digress)
I have been at this place of rediscovering God and the church and who He has called us to reach and I believe that this is why God had me rediscover the verse that most captured me in the beginning. Because most journeys always start at rediscovering the beginning and moving forward from there.
What quote has most changed you? Ok, you can be all Christian too and give the verse if you’d like.