“Jesus wept. Then said the Jews, Behold how he loved him!”
If you are a short person, you know the disadvantage because you always have a hard time seeing what is going on in front of you. It seems that when a short person is trying to see something going on up front that there is always a taller person who sits in front of them. There is no question that there is a disadvantage in being short.
However, short in the Scriptures is powerful. Several short verses in the Scriptures have powerful meanings for the Christian life. Let me take five short verses and show you the powerful truth and the impact they can have on your Christian life.
The first verse is John 3:30 which says, “He must increase, but I must decrease.” These are the words of John the Baptist as he described his role in Jesus’ ministry. Every Christian should take these words and realize that they must die to self if they want Christ to increase in their life. You must always remember that the more you die to self, the more that Christ can live through you. The more you die to self, the more the world will see the true picture of Christ in your life. Always make it a daily goal to make yourself decrease and let Christ increase so you can influence people for Christ.
The second verse is found in verse 35 where it says, “Jesus wept.” This verse shows the Christian the need to love deeply. Jesus didn’t have a shallow surface love that was only interested in the person when He was around them, but He loved deeply to the point where He wept when they wept. Christian, you will never influence people greatly until you have a deep love for people. Yes, the deeper the love you have for people, the greater possibility you have of being hurt, but you will never influence people and see their lives turn around until you love deeply as the Saviour loved.
The third verse is found in 1 Thessalonians 5:19 which says, “Quench not the Spirit.” One of the greatest needs of Christianity today is for Christians to be yielded and filled with the Spirit of God. You must always remember that the more you yield to the Spirit, the greater your love for others will become. You will not influence people for Christ without being filled with the Spirit.
The fourth verse is found in 1 Thessalonians 5:17 which says, “Pray without ceasing.” This verse shows the Christian the importance of having a prayer life. It is not good enough just to have a prayer time, but the Christian should always pray about everything they face throughout the day. The more the Christian prays, the easier it will be to yield to the Spirit of God. If you want your life to make an impact, you are going to have to become a person of prayer.
The fifth verse is found in 1 Thessalonians 5:16 which says, “Rejoice evermore.” My friend, these two words are powerful for the Christian’s attitude. Every Christian should have a joyful spirit. Don’t let the daily circumstances dictate your spirit; rather, let your joyful spirit dictate how you face the circumstances. When you have the power to be joyful no matter what you face, you will find that you can face every circumstance joyfully.
Five short verses with five powerful truths. Let the powerful messages of these short verses become a model for your daily life.