Peace family, what is the Bible really worth to you? I’ve been reconsidering that this week.
I have some friends from another country who will be staying with me later this month, and I doubt that they’ve ever seen a Bible in their own language. I’ve been preparing the guest bedroom for them, decorating it with their tastes in mind and purchasing foods to make their visit to the United States more comfortable. Along with figuring out how to get things like newspapers in their language, I ordered a Bible in their language off of the internet, because their country is hostile towards Christianity.
After it arrived, as I flipped through it and looked at the beautiful script, I was awed by the realization that there are people today dying for this exact book in this exact language! What a privilege we have, to be able to buy any kind of Bible we choose with the simple click of a mouse!
The Bible is so accessible here, that it can be easy to forget what a rare privilege that is across history, as well as across many nations today. Only a few hundred years ago, many people were burned at the stake for translating the Bible into English, and also for doing things like teaching their children to say the Lord’s Prayer in English.
So… what is the Bible worth to you? Is it a long, old book of pithy sayings and advice that you might want to live by, but not all of it? Or is it a double-edged sword, capable for testing what God’s perfect and pleasing will is? Is it truth that will help to preserve you, and balm to comfort you in seasons of despair? Is it a light to guide your steps?
Was it worth the many lives who died, so that we can have the Bible at our fingertips today? If so, what can we do to give the Bible the proper value in our lives? Anyway, just a few thoughts from your friendly, neighborhood Kat.