“…and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God…”
–Paul the Apostle (Eph. 6:17, ESV)
I bring my Bible with me almost everywhere I go. It’s a practice that I’ve carried with me since my undergrad days. In university, I kept a small red-colored pocket-sized Bible in my bag. It was small and light enough to not be so cumbersome since I had a lot of other books I needed to carry around too. To this day, I still carry a Bible with me opting for a physical copy even in this digital smartphone age. Come to think of it, I actually don’t possess a single Bible app on my phone. I guess I prefer reading from a physical Bible. There are a ton of good reasons to carry a Bible with you at all times. Here are a few that I’ve experienced myself.
I can use it to encourage myself and others. I can’t tell you the number of times that my pocket-sized Bible in university served as an encouragement to me and to others. Since it’s always readily available in my bag, all I have to do is pull it out and read from it. When I would feel particularly discouraged, my Bible would be at my side ready to encourage me with the very words of God. And when others were going through some tough times, I could easily encourage them with a verse or two. Without a Bible, I would probably have missed out on some great opportunities to just be an encouragement.
I get to meet other Christians. When I’m at a coffee shop, I often place my Bible on the table for people to notice. I’ve met a good number of brothers and sisters in Christ because they saw my Bible on the table. In fact, a few weeks ago, I was about to preach at a church when I recognized a man standing at the back of the auditorium. I went up to him and said, “I know you, you’re so and so.” I hadn’t seen him in a couple of years. He reminded me about the first time we met. We were seated next to each other at a coffee shop having lunch and he spotted my Bible on the table. We found out that we were both Christians and we struck a friendship from that encounter. It’s great to be able to meet other Christians and a Bible might help identify us from the crowd.
I’m always ready to be used by the Spirit. If I have my Bible with me, that means I’m ready at all times to be used by the Spirit in any capacity He chooses. If He wants me to encourage somebody, I can do that. If He wants me to share the gospel, I can do that too. Having my Bible with me at all times signifies that I’m ready at all times to be used for God’s kingdom agenda. If I don’t have my Bible with me, I handicap myself in the things that I can do and in the opportunities that will come my way. Of course, the Spirit can use me without my Bible. But it just seems so much easier to do kingdom work with the sword of the Spirit—the Word of God—at my side.