As a dad, one of the most important things I can do for my wife and children is to memorize Scripture and then seek to apply it within my life. It was about 15 years ago when I began to get serious about studying God’s Word and started memorizing it. During these years, God has continually used His Word to cause some serious heart change and needed life re-calibrations. If there is one thing I can always improve upon that will make me not only a better dad but more importantly bring me closer to God, it is to further discipline myself around memorizing more of God’s Word.
I have stored up Your word in my heart,
that I might not sin against You.
While I’ve entitled this article, 10 Verses Every Dad Should Know (by heart), it could have easily been 100 verses. I cannot take in and store up enough of God’s Word in my heart. Jesus shared that, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4). Jesus was communicating the vital necessity for man to consume Scripture to the point it sustains us. Much like we need basic nutrients, God created us to need His Words.
Like anything else, memorizing and then applying Scripture to one’s life is a process. It is a God-driven undertaking by the work of the Holy Spirit. This is of great comfort and confidence. I know that as I meditate on God’s Word and humble myself before Him, God ultimately does the hardest work (Humble yourself before the Lord and He will lift you up – James 4:10). Within this divine and miraculous chain of events, God changes me to become more like His Son. The more this happens, I become less and Christ becomes more. God gets the glory and my family is impacted for Him.
As a dad, the more I submit myself to this pursuit, the more my children see Jesus in my life. For me, this is one of the most important life legacies I want my children to catch from me. This is truly where the so-called spiritual rubber meets the road. If my walk with Christ is my greatest life priority, God’s Word must become an intimate and integrated part of my daily walk.
“And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.”
“But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.”
There are a lot of things that I could do every day to make me a good husband and father. Yet, taking in Scripture as I seek to humble myself before God is one thing I must do. As a Christian dad, this is not optional. I need God’s Word to be the bread that sustains me and my family. These are 10 verses that over the past decade God has used to impact my life and those around me in a huge way. You may know these 10 verses by heart already. If you do, that’s great. Keep it going and encourage your kids to do the same. If you don’t know these by heart, start memorizing today and you will never regret it. Neither will your children.
(We’ve often memorized Scripture together as a family by writing the verses on index cards or poster paper and placing them throughout the house.)
1. Ephesians 2:8
“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,”
2. Romans 10:9
“because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”
3. Galatians 2:20
“I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”
4. Romans 12:1
“I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.”
5. Philippians 4:8
“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”
6. Micah 6:8
“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?”
7. Ephesians 5:25
“Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her,”
8. Ephesians 6:4
“Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.”
9. 1 John 1:9
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
10. 1 Corinthians 10:31
“So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”
*Disclaimer: For those that have placed their trust in Jesus Christ, the regular taking in of Scripture coupled with humility before God will drastically change your life.