Nothing On Top Of My Bible (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

When I first became a Christian in college, a dear brother in the Lord whom God used to lead me to Him, would often take time to disciple me. One day, we entered my dormitory room and after a few moments, he walked over to my desk where my Bible lay. Another small book lay on top of it and he gently removed the book and placed it on the desk next to the Bible.

“Why did you do that?” I questioned him.

“Oh,” he sheepishly began. “Sorry, just a habit of mine. You see, I don’t like to see anything on top of the Bible.”

I nodded without any further explanation. The Bible is God’s Holy Word. There is nothing more important in the written language. When he saw a Bible in a room, he wanted to make sure that it was honored and accorded the respect that it deserved. Nothing-not a book, paper, or other object, should be on top of it. It was not idol worship; it was honoring God for what He has given us.

To this day, I emulate the example that this brother in Christ demonstrated to me. I do try to do it with consideration to whomever is in the room. Once they leave, I place the Bible on its own. I’m not attempting to be “holier” than anyone else. I simply want to honor the Bible. No one has to know what I did except God.

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.
2 Timothy 3:16:17 (ESV)

If you had a book in your possession that contained the very answers to life itself, you would undoubtedly cherish it and place it a position of respect. The Bible is that book. All the questions about life are answered by the words in its pages. Just take the time to read it. You will know that nothing should be on top of your Bible except your hands that open it.

Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.