Greetings, Reading Friends and New Subscribers, When I became a Christian, I remember how important it was to me to revere the Bible in a profound way. This was God’s Word in my hands? As I now read accounts of Christian life in other countries, it seems to be the same way—the Bible is highly treasured. The Bible contains God’s revelation to man. This is why I place special emphasis upon this Book—it’s God’s ideas, not man’s ideas. That’s exciting to think about! What we do with God’s ideas, recorded for us, determines not only our present lives, but also our eternal destiny. Wow! The Bible is worth my every effort to care about its contents and share it with others—anyone who will listen! Here’s a short story, “Get Serious about the Bible,” about work-place faithfulness. How do you represent Jesus Christ in public? I want to hear your testimony.—David Telbat
Get Serious about the Bible – A Short Story
by D.I. Telbat
Travis Gotland pushed back from his laptop in his work place. Though he continued to stare at the screen, his eyes were sightless since his mind was so provoked by what he’d read that morning. He couldn’t get it out of his brain. Christians were dying in the Middle East, across North Africa, and throughout Asia. For Jesus!
Shaking his head, Travis considered what he carried to and from work in his briefcase each day—only that which he needed to complete his job assignments and make a paycheck to pay bills and keep the family fed and clothed. For Christ, men and women were being arrested, imprisoned, beaten, and tortured, and he hadn’t even bothered to bring his Bible to work for years.
In the breakroom, where Travis often bought drinks from the vending machine, his coworkers gossiped and complained about politics and religion. Expertly, Travis usually parried any offers to contribute his opinion. He wasn’t interested in making enemies with his conservative views. Sure, he hadn’t compromised his faith among his coworkers, but he hadn’t exactly stood courageously in the midst of scoffers and mockers, either.
Since he had a wife and kids, Travis didn’t think God was provoking him to abandon his earthly responsibilities, but he realized at that moment that he’d been comfortable and spiritually unchallenged for a long time.
“Show me how to start standing for You, Lord,” Travis mumbled.
“You say something?” Jerry’s head appeared on the other side of the office divider. “I didn’t hear you.”
“I was . . . praying.” Travis bowed his head, but he considered his posture, and raised his head. He had to start somewhere, and if that meant speaking plainly and without shame, then so be it. “I need to get serious about what I believe.”
“Praying? What you believe?” Jerry snorted. “Doesn’t sound like you, Trav. You feeling all right?”
“Never better.” He smiled to himself as he collected his jacket to leave for the day. “From now on, I’m going to be sounding more like myself—who I really am.”
“If you say so.” Jerry shrugged and returned to his side of the cubicle.
Travis opened his briefcase and imagined carrying his Bible inside it the next day. No, he wouldn’t hide his Bible in there. He’d carry it in plain sight. There was no point in easing in to what he knew would happen when a Christian began to stand firm in the world. The world would push back, and he would need the Holy Spirit’s strength to continue standing.
It was time to get serious about the Bible, God’s Word, and Jesus Christ!
NOTE: With Resurrection Sunday coming next week, you might enjoy this past D.I. Telbat short Easter story, “Citizenship Resurrected,” and another one for this special season, “Resurrection Sunday Remembrance,” and “A House of Strangers.”
Prayer Prompt: Vision Beyond Borders puts high priority on God’s Word, covertly delivering Bibles behind closed borders to those asking for them. YOU can be a part of that ministry by going on a VBB trip! See their trip info on this page https://www.visionbeyondborders.org/trips/. You can read their April 2017 newsletter here. Pray for this ministry and the safety of all those who are delivering Bibles or ministering to orphans or trafficked women.