Making It Stick

Your Word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You.” —Psalm 119:11

One day a young Christian came into a mission sta­tion in Korea to visit the man who had been instru­mental in his conversion to Christ. After the customary greetings, the missionary asked the reason for his coming. “I have been memorizing some verses in the Bible, he said, and I want to quote them to you. He had walked hundreds of miles just to recite some Scripture verses to his father in the faith.

The missionary listened as he recited without error the entire Sermon on the Mount. He commended the young man for his remarkable feat of memory, then cautioned that he must not only “say” the Scriptures but also practice them. With glowing face, the man responded, Oh, that is the way I learned them. I tried to memorize them but they wouldn’t stick, so I hit on this plan. First, I would learn a verse. Then I would practice what the verse said on a neighbor who was not a Christian. After that I found I could remember it.”

Could this be the secret of retaining the Word of God? Some of us “traffic in unpracticed truth”—a very dangerous thing for any Christian to do! James gives this succinct command, “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only (James 1:22).

Try that Korean Christians method of memorizing Scripture. I’m sure you’ll find that it will stick.  —P.R.V.

We learn the blessed Word of God
To fix it firmly in our heart;
And when we act upon that Word,
Its truth from us will not depart.

To get ahold of scripture, let scripture get ahold of you.

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