Each year, at the IM office, we choose a Scripture verse to serve as a staff motto for the next 12 months. Having a “verse for the year” serves as a constant reminder for us to:
- Build our lives on the Word of God
- Focus on Him at all times
- Work together as a cohesive unit with collective goals and objectives
In the past we have chosen:
1 Corinthians 16:13-14 –Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love.
Ephesians 6:7 –…rendering service with a good will as to the Lord and not to man.
1 Chronicles 16:11 –Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually
Romans 12:12 –Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
Once the verse is chosen, a framed, 5x7copy is given to every staff member. They are asked to place it on their desk as a constant reminder of our united commitment to live by the exhortation of the passage.
Deuteronomy 6:4-9 is by far one of the clearest passages about embracing the concept of talking about the Word in every situation. One of the directives encourages we “write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates” as a means of passing the Word on to others.
Here in the National Offices, we aren’t encouraged to write our verses on the ‘doorposts’, but we can keep them constantly before us in a picture frame on our desk.
Our 2020 motto verse is taken from Psalm 16:8: “I keep my eyes always on the Lord…I will not be shaken.” Throughout Scripture, many passages speak of God having His eyes on us. We must remember this action must be reciprocal if we are to be pleasing to Him. We must keep our eyes on Him as He keeps His eyes on us.
This is our prayer at IM—in all things to remain focused on Him. If we do this, we can be assured we will accomplish what He desires of us and will remain stable in our walk with Him and service to others.
Maybe you would like to join us in sharing this motto verse for 2020. What could be accomplished if all Free Will Baptists, or even better, if all born-again believers made a commitment to keep their eyes solidly fixed on Him in the coming year and live in constant obedience to Him?
Feel free to find this motto verse in your favorite version, frame it, and place it a place in your home or office where you will see it daily. Together, we will “not be shaken.”
Photo: 2019 verse, Romans 12:12 on Clint’s desk