5th June 2013

Words Worth Their Weight in Gold 

“Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.”
Psalm 119:105 (NIV 2011) 

I gave away my Bible today. 

This was not a planned act. A visitor appeared at our church service, with a desire to discuss “God”. He was clearly in low spirits—life  has been very difficult for him in recent years.

This sort of thing doesn’t happen to me. Indeed, I had been praying that morning about me, that I am not the sort of person who easily talks about the Christian faith to strangers. But here I was talking to someone who wanted to explore whether God was knocking on the door of his world. 

“Do you have a Bible?” I asked. “No,” was the response. Without pausing, I then asked: “Would you like one?” My mind raced. Where would I get a Bible? I then realised that I could give him mine. On hearing his reply of yes, I donated my copy of the Christian Scriptures. 

I must admit that this was not as easy as I originally thought. I looked at the book clutched tightly in his hands and realised I had given away something of great value. But I’m not talking about money. I’m thinking of the wealth of over 1,000 years of collected letters, histories, songs and prayers that help us understand God.

I didn’t want to give it away. Strange really, as I have other Bibles at home. I guess I had suddenly felt, all in one go, the impact that this book has had on me. I do hope the new owner is blessed by this unexpected gift. I hope that he feels the same influence it has had on my life: “For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12). 

I may not see this visitor again, but I do pray that he continues to keep his Bible near. For he will learn just how wonderful and loving God is. He will read the “old, old story” of how Jesus brings salvation to us all. And that will make the world of difference. 

Dear Father, guide us to always keep our Bibles near so that we continue to read of your love for us. Fill our hearts with fire whenever we read your word, to give direction to our attitudes, aspirations and works. Thank you that your son’s life, death and resurrection is recorded for us to read and to meditate on. We praise you through our Saviour’s name, Jesus Christ.

Study by Ian Woodley


ianwoodleyAbout the Author:
Ian Woodley pastors the Nottingham Grace Communion Church, that meets at 2pm Saturday, as below.  Ian also facilitates a monthly Bible Study in Lincoln, which generally meets on a Saturday at 1:30pm.  They welcome visitors to join them—for more details contact Ian Woodley as below.

Local Congregation: 
Nottingham Grace Communion
Lucy Brown Hall
Attenborough Lane

Meeting Time:
Saturday 2pm

Local Congregational Contact:
Ian Woodley
Email:  icgwoodley@gmail.com

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