We asked a few Crossway employees to answer a question regarding their journey with Scripture. May their responses be an encouragement to you.
Q: What is a passage of Scripture that has been meaningful in your life and why?
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. – Romans 8:28
"This amazing verse comes towards the end of an amazing chapter of an amazing book. It speaks of an almighty, sovereign God who is not unapproachable or remote, but who can be known and loved and who knows those who love him, whom he called from the fathomless eons of eternity. This God knows what is good for his children, whom he loves, and causes whatever happens to those who love him to be ultimately for their eternal good. He is the author of our salvation in the Lord Jesus Christ and definer of good and love, most perfectly expressed in his beloved Son.
This verse has been with me throughout my Christian life, sometimes as a comfort, sometimes with conviction, and sometimes as a challenge; but always revealing that God is God: all-knowing, all-loving, all-good, and all-wise. I marvel that he loves such a sinner as me, and yet I can love him who first loved me. I am blessed to be in such nail-scarred hands."
Vice President, Sales
But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. – Titus 3:4-7
"Titus 3 is one of my favorite passages. Paul provides practical instruction for living out our faith, specifically in how we treat one another. Our motivation to 'show perfect courtesy toward all people' (Titus 3:2) comes from recognizing that God lavished love and mercy on us when we were far from worthy of such grace. A reminder of just how bleak our lives were prior to salvation (Titus 3:3) is immediately followed by one of the most beautiful pronouncements of the gospel in all of Scripture."
I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon, so that I too may be cheered by news of you. For I have no one like him, who will be genuinely concerned for your welfare. For they all seek their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ. But you know Timothy's proven worth, how as a son with a father he has served with me in the gospel. – Philippians 2:19-22
"For the last several years I’ve reflected often on Paul’s words in this passage. I’m challenged by what Paul identifies here in Timothy–a man who has chosen to live triply for others. Paul commends Timothy’s genuine concern for the Philippians, his service to Paul (as a son with a father in the gospel), and his focused commitment to Jesus Christ. This passage grabs me as a powerful summary of the kind of man I want to become: spending my life for the good of others, serving and supporting my colleagues, and in all things seeking the interests of Christ our Lord."
Executive Director, Marketing
For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor. No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly LORD of hosts, blessed is the one who trusts in you! – Psalm 84:11-12
“There are so many meaningful Scriptures (naturally!), but one that I find myself going back to a lot in life is this verse in Psalm 84. Many times I find myself longing for different seasons of life or for specific prayers to be answered, especially when my plans differ from what God actually ordains in my life. When I read this verse, I'm reminded that he is sovereign and no matter my circumstances, whether he's withholding something or allowing circumstances that are not ideal, that it is ultimately for my good. If it is good for me to have a particular job… he will let it come to pass. If it is good for me to have a family… he will let it come to pass. If it's any good thing for me... he will allow it.
Knowing I am ‘blessed’ when I trust in him in all circumstances helps me to focus on the eternal value of each walk in life. I just love the visual of the Lord shining brightly on us as the sun, and yet providing a shield of protection when needed. His bestowing favor and honor for his work in our lives is just a beautiful picture of him pouring out grace in our lives.”
Customer Service Representative
The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup; you hold my lot.
The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance.
I bless the Lord who gives me counsel;
in the night also my heart instructs me.
I have set the Lord always before me;
because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.
Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices;
my flesh also dwells secure.
For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol,
or let your holy one see corruption.
You make known to me the path of life;
in your presence there is fullness of joy;
at your right hand are pleasures forevermore. – Psalm 16:5–11
"These verses serve as a guidepost for me, pointing to what is most important. Regardless of the material possessions and career success I acquire in this life, the Lord is the most important thing I have. Through the work accomplished by Christ, the boundary lines of my spiritual inheritance 'have fallen for me in pleasant places.' Moreover, fellowship with the Lord leads to 'fullness of joy' and 'pleasures forevermore.' In times when desires for earthly things reign in my heart, I am both challenged and comforted by these words. What can be more satisfying than life in Christ? 'Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices."
He has told you, O man, what is good;
and what does the Lord require of you
but to do justice, and to love kindness,
and to walk humbly with your God? – Micah 6:8
"Micah 6:8 is every legalist's favorite verse, mine included. This verse aided in my middle school struggle to answer the question 'What do I need to do to be right with God?' As a budding legalist, naturally I was drawn to a list of specific requirements.
- Do justice? Check.
- Love kindness? Check.
- Walk humbly, (not wanting to sound arrogant) check.
But, where I missed the main point, God was faithful to reveal himself.
Through his Word, God showed Christ taking the just punishment I deserved. He showed Christ displaying the greatest act of loving kindness. And he showed Christ walking humbly...even to death on a cross. In this way, Micah 6:8 has become even more meaningful to me than it ever could have been as a list of things to cross off. Instead, I see it as a list of things Christ has already crossed off on my behalf. Praise God!"
Do you have a passage of Scripture that has been particularly meaningful to you? Post to comments and share with us!