Wednesday, February 8, 2012
See that picture? It's not from Flickr or any other common image site. I took it myself, and these are all the Bibles I have in my house at the moment. It's a little deceptive, though, because my husband and I had a few more which we donated shortly before Christmas.
We thought these four were all we needed. There's my husband's Bible from college, which he reads daily and which has been used for swearings in at various posts he has held. And there's the adorable kids' Bible that I keep for when little guests come to vist. I have my Reformation Study Bible(ESV), with its helpful articles and notes. And then there's the NKJV Bible, chosen for its being a large-print edition. I find inductive Bible study very helpful and illuminating, but I didn't want to do all my note-writing and coloring of keywords in my "nice" study Bible.
That's right - I have the Bible I read and pray over and a Bible for when I want to go digging in deep, coloring and writing all over the margins. When I saw that, I just stopped for a moment with the realization that I am so incredibly rich in the Word that I can have more than 1 Bible for more than 1 type of study. How amazing is that? And not only this, but we can have Bibles in more than 1 translation. My goodness, we even have enough that we can give away extras!
I'd never really thought this through before, but when I learn about people such as the Vidunda in Africa, who lack even 1 Bible in their own language, the immensity of my wealth in Scripture astounds me. But we are not blessed simply to enjoy it for ourselves; We can share this bounty with others. And through blogging with the OneVerse project and being a monthly OneVerse partner for the Vidunda, that's exactly what I want to do.
I want there to be a day when the Vidunda can go looking through their houses to see how many Bibles they have.
And if you'd like to see what some of the other OneVerse bloggers have to say about Bible poverty, you'll find us linking up at My Journey to Authenticity.
And here's a challenge for you! - Why don't you see how many Bibles YOU have? You can post your photos on the OneVerse Facebook wall.