Let’s counter the overwhelming influence of worldliness by making our Bibles have more of a presence in our communities. We’re all very aware of the moral decline in our nation, and the reason we’re so aware of it is because we see it everywhere we turn. It’s on the news, radio, TV shows, talk shows, magazines, billboards, and internet. What’s trending? Worldliness. All of these media outlets and various other avenues touting materialism, secularism, and godlessness can be discouraging. Satan must be pleased. He wants us to despair, to ask, “Where are the Christians?” He wants us to throw our hands up and quit. I think we can do something about that. We can remind everyone that there are still many who want to serve God. And we can do that by the very simple act of making our Bibles more visible.
Bibles are recognizable. Everyone knows what they look like. Outside of the church building, we don’t see them very often. If we do, it’s notable. The few times I’ve seen someone with their Bible on a plane or in an office, I think, “Hey, they’re holding a Bible!” And it always makes me smile. So what if we ALL carry our Bibles with us, in a very visible way, everywhere we go? The next time we meet friends for lunch, we can call and ask each one to bring their Bible, and then just set them on the table. The Bibles won’t go unnoticed. If we’re shopping, the Bible can rest in the seat of the cart. If we’re carpooling, we can display it in the dash. If we’re at the gym, we can put in on the treadmill. If we’re in the bleachers, we can set it right next to us. Whether we’re working, playing, traveling, networking, or relaxing, we can look for ways to allow our Bibles to have a presence. (This means it’ll have to be a traditional Bible, as the ones on our phones or other devices won’t be easily recognized by others.) Even though such a simple act doesn’t involve extra time or money on our part, I think this kind of Bible-saturation can make an impact.
What’s the worst that can happen? Someone might ridicule us. Someone might be offended. Someone might even ask us to put the Bible away.
What’s the potential for good? At the very least, our Bibles will be noticed. People around us will automatically know we are believers. Other godly folks will be encouraged. The nonstop message of immorality will be partially countered by the presence of Bible believers. Others might start carrying their Bibles, too. Who knows? It might even become commonplace in your community to see Bibles out in public. And one day, someone might even be interested in studying that Bible with you.
“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:14-16).
Prayer for Today: May I never be ashamed of Your Word, O Lord.