“Am I, Lord?” That’s what I keep asking myself.
Am I pure in heart with a lifestyle that reflects Your holiness — especially in my home?
Am I a peacemaker who forgives and reconciles and forgives some more — especially with those who lead me to the end of myself?
Am I persecuted for the sake of righteousness — because the enemy believes that my submission to You threatens his agenda?
I can’t help but ask Him, because unless these verses I’m committing to memory cause me to hold up the mirror, then I’m missing the point. Unless I allow His words to confront those deep parts in me, then I forfeit His gift of sanctification.
As we dig deeper in this journey, I pray that our memorization be a conversation with the Lover of our souls. He faithfully speaks.
“Am I, Lord? Really?” Convicted, I can’t always say “yes”. And again I fall on His great grace.
11 Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. 12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you. 13 You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet.
Last week, Ann Voskamp announced that she too will be “Memorizing the Mount“. She posted some great resources to aid in this challenge. Make sure to read her inspiring words.