Part of the award is you must post your a few favorite verses, and explain why they are, in fact, your favorite verses. So, forthwith:
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. -Romans 12:2
This is my clear favorite, because it talks of us using our minds in the Christian life. It’s almost counter cultural in today’s world to think of religion as something we do in our minds, rather than our hearts, and something we do in private, rather than something that impacts the world around us, but isn’t that what Paul is saying here —to be counter cultural?
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. 17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.” Romans 1:16-17
It might be telling that a lot of my favorite verses are from Romans… I think far too many Christians are ashamed of the Gospel now-a-days, far to afraid to defend what they believe, both within and outside the Church. We are really, really worried about being respected, and liked, and effective.
Instead, let’s strive to not be ashamed of the Gospel of Christ, no matter whether or not it’s foolishness to men.
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it the people of old received their commendation. By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible. -Hebrews 11:1-3
This verse reminds me that it is faith that is by faith I should engage the world, not expecting to see the good, but rather seeing what is good through God’s eyes regardless of what I might find. That my way of seeing the world should align with God’s way, rather than the other way around.
Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher, vanity of vanities! All is vanity. What does man gain by all the toil at which he toils under the sun? A generation goes, and a generation comes, but the earth remains forever. The sun rises, and the sun goes down, and hastens to the place where it rises. The wind blows to the south and goes around to the north; around and around goes the wind, and on its circuits the wind returns. -Ecclesiastes 1:2-11
And this one remind me of my own infirmity and the shortness of this life, especially in the face of the death we see all around us.