Wednesday, September 17, 2014

What does the Bible mean to you?

I took a good, long look at my Bible today. I thought about how I don't pick it up nearly enough. And I felt guilty. How many Bibles do you have in your home? How often do you take that for granted?

I know I have at least five or six; most of them tattered from my teenage years of carrying them back and forth to youth group. I began to think about the people in the world who don't even have one Bible; people who would give everything they own just to have one. And I here I sit with five or six that aren't read near as much as they could or should be. 

I thought about how many people have probably died to protect this Book, and here I am with several lying on the shelf and my pretty red one on the couch. Lying there, closed, like any other book.

I thought about the power through Him that is contained in its pages. The power to heal and bring peace. The power to bring hope and rest. The power to save someone's soul. And what am I doing with that power? It's sitting on my couch like every other day.

The guilt overwhelmed me as I realized the lack of appreciation I have for this incredible gift God has blessed me with. And not only has He blessed me with it, but He has allowed me to live in a country where I am free to share it with anyone I please. But am I doing that? My heart breaks as I know the answer to that is nowhere near close to what it should be.

Why is it that our Bibles so often get treated like just a piece of literature when they are so much more than that? Why are they used as something to simply collect dust on the coffee table or on the bookshelf with all of the other books? Why aren't our Bibles given a place of prominence in our home? That place being our hands and our hearts; filling our families with the power it contains. Why don't our Bibles go everywhere we go, giving them a place of prominence in our lives as we continually fill our mind with its Word throughout the day?

People have died to protect this Book I hold in my hands. There are people, right now, who would trade everything they own for this book in my hand. I looked around my home, and I wondered if I valued it enough to do the same. Did I appreciate and love this book like those people? 

What does the Bible mean to you?

4 comments:

  1. Wow. Talk about some serious conviction flowing in my heart right now. I also have multiple bibles in my house. Ones that I had when I was younger, and I just can't seem to give them away (donate). Then the one I take to church, and MAYBE crack open a few times a month. This post really hit me.

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