Rusty Swords

5096303686_eb20be5362_zI have Bibles; quite a few of them actually. Small ones, large ones, in between ones. Study Bibles, Chain Reference Bibles, Personal Reference Bibles, no reference Bibles. I can count 14 print Bibles, and who knows how many electronic ones that I have at my disposal. I might just be crazy, but I suspect you likely have several Bibles of your own. According to the Barna Group, 85% of households in the United States own a Bible; the average number of Bibles per household is 4.3.  With the word of God so readily available and so easily accessible, we must be reading God’s word often, right? Unfortunately, no.

According to the same study, 26% of people surveyed say they never read the Bible, another 10% read less than once per year, and still another 10% say they read once or twice per year. A full 46% percent of people surveyed say they rarely or never read the Bible outside of church related functions. Compare that with only 13% who read everyday and another 13% who read at least four times per week.

It is truly a blessing to have God’s word at our fingertips. It has not always been so, and even today many people in the world are not so blessed. What are we doing with this great blessing of God? If you never use a particular muscle that muscle will eventually be of little use to you. If you don’t exercise your mind it begins to grow dull. If our Bibles collect dust, then our spiritual sword grows rusty. We have been fortunate to have been born in a time and place of great freedom and tremendous riches. What shall we do with what we have been given? Will we allow God to speak to us through His written word? He greatly desires to tell you how much He loves you. Will you listen?

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