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First of all, congratulations to all those who competed in the National Bible Bee. You couldn’t all be in the top 120, but you can all hopefully be a little closer to God. Today I am thinking about and praying what I should share with those who are continuing their journey to memorize and study Scripture. Isn’t your prayer and desire to be more like Christ? 

Paul put it this way in 1 Corinthians 2:2 For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. What does this look like in everyday life? I want to share 4 practical ways you can choose Jesus in your everyday life.

1. Choose Jesus first and last. What does this mean? It means, let Jesus be your last thought before you fall asleep and let Him be your first thought when you wake up.

2. Don’t wait until tomorrow to obey Jesus. When you think or know that God wants you to do something, obey right away. I remember when I was about 12 or 13 thinking “When I get older, then I’ll just know all the right things to do, and it will be easy to obey God.” Obedience starts today. Don’t put it off, thinking you have more time.

  Obedience by Joyce Webber

Waste not moments, nor your words,

In telling what you could do

Some other time; the present is

The time for what you should do.

Don’t do right unwillingly,

And stop to plan and measure;

‘Tis working with the heart and soul

That makes our duty pleasure.

3. Enjoy Jesus. John Piper shares how God gets glory when we find pleasure in Jesus Christ. We can enjoy Jesus by enjoying his creation. Smell the flowers, listen to the wind, play in the rain puddles, walk barefoot in the grass, watch the sun rise or the sun set. Appreciate and thank God for the way he has created you! See beauty in the little things.

4. Serve the way Jesus serves. We can only serve the way Jesus serves when we know how Jesus serves. Where do you find Christ’s example for living? IN THE BIBLE.

I have been reading through the Gospels. Wow. Wow. Wow. I totally love reading these books of the Bible. All through the scriptures you can see the face of Jesus. But as you read the Gospels you can see the face of Christ so clearly. I hope that as you memorize more scripture you will see more of Jesus. I pray that as you study more of His love letter, you will see more of Jesus. 

Jesus is the prize and Jesus is the means to the prize.

Written by NBB Alumna Elizabeth Mitton