Most people want to keep their books as prim and pristine as possible, but when it comes to the Bible, that’s not necessarily the case.
Sure, you want to respect and keep the holy book as in tact as possible, so you can glean daily wisdom from it, but one indicator of an active Christian life is a Bible that shows some serious signs of usage.
Case-in-point: the photo of a Bible that entrepreneur Jason Benham posted to Instagram.
Benham, who, alongside his twin brother David Benham, is a well-known Christian speaker and author, posted a picture of a Bible belonging to his dad, Flip Benham, on Thursday evening. He included the following caption: “My dad’s Bible. Impressive.”
And a quick look at the photo shows two pages of a Bible that are heavily marked up, with text visibly underlined, circled and with notes scattered throughout the pages. It’s a Bible that has clearly been used, referred to and relied upon over the years.
The photo sparked a few inspired reactions, with Instagram user kenpierpont writing, “That dude is hardcore.” User mopaxpowers added, “What a treasure.”
Another person responded with a quote from 19th century preacher Charles H. Spurgeon — a message that is particularly timeless and pertinent to us all: “A Bible that’s falling apart usually belongs to someone who isn’t.”
Faithwire recently sat down with Jason Benham’s dad, Flip, to discuss a friendship he struck up years ago with the late Norma McCorvey, the key figure in the Roe v. Wade abortion case who later went on to become a pro-life activist.
SO MUCH WISDOM! PLEASE READ THIS! 'Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. Take hold of my instructions; don't let them go. Guard them, for they are the key to life. My child, pay attention to what I say. Listen carefully to my words. Don't lose sight of them. Let them penetrate deep into your heart, for they bring life to those who find them, and healing to their whole body. Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.' Proverbs 3:5&6, 4:13 & 20-23 . . I remember seeing my parents & grandparents Bibles marked up like this when I was younger. I've only had this Bible for a little less than a year & I look at the pages of mine now & I understand. These are so much more than words. It's amazingly overwhelming and I cannot fully explain it. Everyone takes their own unique journey. It's filled with experiences that are joyous, difficult, easy and painful. But somewhere along the line, after many experiences, they finally 'wake up.' I love the expression: "When a man's Bible is falling a part, the man isn't." I'm awake Lord. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Be encouraged today. Grab that Bible off the table & dive in! Please share! ❤️ (This Is called The Wayfinding Bible. ITS AMAZING. I've had multiple Bibles since I was young but this one is just fantastic!) #dailybread #proverbs
It’s always encouraging — and convicting — to see marked-up Bibles. Last year, singer Jordin Sparks shared a picture of her own Bible, which included highlights, underlined texts and plenty of other indications that she, too, has been deeply reading the book.