Treasure Island

I was given an interesting challenge from a friend today: Suppose you knew you were going to be stranded on a deserted island for an extended period of time, and suppose also that you were limited to 30 chapters of the New Testament that you could take with you. Which 30 chapters would you pick?

In some ways, when it comes to Hiding His Word, that’s not so ridiculously hypothetical. Let’s say over the next 10 years you want to commit 30 chapters of the Bible to memory. That may sound like a lot, but it’s not such an unreasonable goal. That’s 3 chapters or about 85 verses per year. One verse every four days. Which 30 chapters would you prioritize?

Here’s the list I came up with:

  • Matthew 5-7 (Sermon on the Mount)
  • John 3, 14, 15 (“You Must be Born Again”, First half of Upper Room Discourse)
  • Romans 5-8, 12 (Core chapters on Justification & Sanctification)
  • I Corinthians 13, 15 (Love & Resurrection chapters)
  • 2 Corinthians 3, 5 (New covenant, new creation chapters)
  • Galatians 5 (Fruit of the Spirit)
  • Ephesians 1,2,4-6 (I wanted to include chap 3, but was limited)
  • Philippians 2 – 4 (Humility, Knowing Christ, etc.)
  • Colossians 1 (Deity of Christ)
  • I Thess 4:13-5:20 (The last 6 verses of chap 4 are tied to chap 5)
  • Hebrews 2, 11, 12 (Jesus our High Priest, Faith Chapter)
  • I John 2 (Do not love the world)
  • On the bubble: John 1, Eph 3, Romans 3, I John 1, Revelation 2,3

What would you replace? How would your list look different from mine?

More importantly, could you begin on your list today, and then 10 years from now (or less if you worked at a faster pace) have these 30 chapters Hidden in Your Heart?

You’ll make that Deserted Island a Treasured One.


About Neil Burleson

I serve as a missionary in the country of Papua New Guinea.
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