“Grab your Bibles!”
The kids eagerly run throughout the house, gathering as many Bibles as they can find. They start to stack them on the table and I quickly realize that they will soon hit the light that hangs just above.
They move them to the floor and start to sort and stack them by size.
As I hear their voices discuss the best way to organize the Bibles and watch as they arrange and rearrange, with the stack growing higher, I see…
- my husband’s first Bible that he received. I know it has a handwritten message from his mom inside the front cover.
- my very worn daily Bible.
- the Word and Song Bible that we first bought for our oldest child when she was a toddler. She would listen to the CD, follow along in the Bible by looking at the pictures, and then get up and dance so joyfully to the songs that accompanied it.
- several bindings taped multiple times from being well loved.
- our littlest ones’ handled first picture Bible.
- the 5 small matching Bibles that I ordered for use during Bible time in the mornings with the kids.
- various versions of Bibles – NIV, ESV, NKJ, NASB.
- a Greek New Testament and a Hebrew Old Testament.
After gathering, sorting, stacking, and counting, we realized that we have over 35 Bibles. 35 Bibles for 7 people!? Really? (And that does not even count the access we have to the Bible through sites like BibleGateway and through downloads on our phones.) Wow!
While taking photos, one Bible in particular stands out. It’s title (on the bottom in this photo) is this…
God’s Word for Me. God’s Word for Me! Thank You, Lord for sending Your Son and for giving us Your powerful, living, and active Word that penetrates my soul, awakens me to my sins, transforms me, comforts me, directs me in Your Truth, and is as life to me. It was through reading His Word for me that I fell in love with Christ – which is probably why it brings me so much joy when I see this…
Yes, God’s Word is for me…but it isn’t only for me, for my family, for our neighbors, for our friends and church family, for believers here in the United States where access to God’s living Word is in abundance.
God’s Word is also for THEM.
– for the 2,000+ languages without any portion of the Bible – not even one verse.
– for the 340 million people within those 2,000 languages where Bible translation projects have not yet begun.
– for those who don’t have one Bible, one portion, or even a single verse to share with their children.
– for those still waiting for knowledge of the One and Only Savior.
We are so blessed to be able to read God’s Word in our own language and to have it available so readily, but my heart is heavy as I read these statistics. I am challenged to not take God’s Word for granted, but to yield the sword daily. And, I am once again reassured of our journey to be missionaries with Wycliffe Bible Translators, whose goal is to see the Bible accessible to all people in the language that they understand best.
1 Peter 1:18-25
For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake. Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God.
Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for your brothers, love one another deeply, from the heart. For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God. For,
“All men are like grass,
and all their glory is like the flowers of the field;
the grass withers and the flowers fall,
but the word of the Lord stands forever.”
And this is the word that was preached to you.
Won’t you take the challenge, too?