Once again I was cleaning out my email and deleting the tons of forwards I get when one caught my attention just before I hit the delete button. I read through it several times and realized just how true it really was. The opening question queried:
“Ever wonder what would happen if we treated our Bible like we treat our cell phone?”
That was followed by a list of very valid questions of which I have taken the liberty to comment on.
“What if we carried it around in our purses or pockets?”
Like virtually everyone else, I’m guilty of almost always grabbing my cell phone when I leave the house while my Bibles sit at home on the shelves and in the bookcases. If I have the opportunity to witness to someone or help them with a problem or difficult decision, my copy of the Word of God is not handy and I have to rely on my faulty memory.
“What if we flipped through it several times a day?”
How many times do you pull out your cell phone and look through it for information on a given topic or contact for someone you know? Now think of how much more Scripture you would know and be able to share when necessary if you looked through your Bible as often as you look through your cell phone.
“What if we turned back to go get it if we forgot it?”
Leaving home without one’s cell phone will cause many people to turn around and go back and get it. Not only don’t we turn around to go back and get our Bible, but we generally don’t take it with us on a regular basis to begin with. What does that say about our priorities? Which is really more important to us, our Bible or our cell phone?
“What if we used it to receive messages from the text?”
When you read your Bible, do you just read it or do you hunger for the meat of what you read? I remember reading a biography on Martin Luther who started every day with 3-5 hours of personal devotions. Most of it was spent in prayer asking God to reveal the meaning of His Word. Luther committed Psalms and Proverbs to memory along with other books of the Bible and yet he continued to read and study them every day seeking to get more and more meaning from them, just like a person chews and chews on a juicy piece of steak to get every bit of savory taste out of it.
“What if we treated it like we couldn’t live without it?”
If someone misplaces their cell phone or it breaks, they panic and freak out until they find it or replace it. Every time there is an upgrade or new model released by one of the major manufactures such as Apple, Samsung and others, thousands line up to be one of the first to get the new version. They spend hundreds to thousands of dollars constantly upgrading their phones and purchasing apps, some of which they’ll rarely use. Yet, the Bible never changes, never upgrades and although new versions are always coming out, few of them are as good as our old standard versions.
”What if we gave it to kids as gifts?”
Ask yourself which gift is more important in the light of all eternity?
“What if we used it when we traveled?”
If you’re flying, you have all of that time to read and meditate on the Word. Instead of turning on the TV in the hotel room, sit down and spend some time with God’s Word and let Him speak to you. You may be surprised at what you learn.
“What if we used it in case of emergency?”
Who or what do you turn to in a time of crisis? When David was facing the crisis of his life when King Saul had ordered him hunted down and killed, David may have hid from men, but sought answers and solace with his Lord. Some of the most meaningful and heart wrenching Psalms were written during David’s times of crisis. During one of my more recent times of crisis, I immersed myself in David’s Psalms and the Book of Job and they were a tremendous help.
Some of us rely on our cell phones to keep in contact with friends and family, keeping appointments, checking their various apps for weather, restaurants and travel instructions. But do we use our Bible to stay in touch with God? Ask yourself with whom will you spend eternity with?
“Unlike our cell phone, we don’t have to worry about our Bible being disconnected because Jesus already paid the bill.”
Be late paying your cell phone bill and you could find yourself cut off from everyone and everything you relied on your phone to do for you, but we are never cut off from God. I’ve heard people say that they are angry at God because He cut them off and doesn’t care about them anymore, when in reality it was they who cut themselves off from God.
When Adam and Eve first walked through the Garden of Eden, they had a perfect one-on-one relationship with God. They talked to Him and He talked to them. That all ended when Adam chose to disobey God by eating the forbidden fruit. Adam brought sin and death into the once perfect world. Sin cut us off from God. Mankind no longer had the perfect one-on-one relationship with his Creator. It was as if Adam stopped paying the cell phone bill for everyone.
However, God, in His mercy and love, paid the bill for us by giving us His Son, Jesus Christ, to walk among us and teach us about Himself and His statutes. Jesus suffered a cruel and painful death on behalf of all of us and then He descended into the very pits of Hell to suffer for our sins.
But on the third day, Jesus rose victorious over our sins and death and took His place at the right hand of God where He sits today and welcomes us into His house that He prepared for us, never to be cut off or hung up on again for all eternity.
This is what your Bible contains and carrying it with you every day and reading it every day will help you understand more and more of God’s promise of redemption and salvation. Having it with you will also help you share the Good News with others that so desperately need to hear it.
Just think of the difference in your life and the lives of those you meet if you treated your Bible the same way you treat your cell phone.