Our senior pastor recently resigned and finished his 23 year ministry at the church. There is no doubt that he’s done an incredible job over those years and impacted many lives.
He also realised that he had kept a lot in his office!
His bookshelves were full of newsletters, photos and old notes from children who are now married and planning children of their own. Over his last couple of months he gradually cleared his shelves and drawers.
On his last day in the office he was preparing his final sermon to share with the congregation. He left his desk to get a drink and when he returned he was struck by the sight that greeted him.
His shelves were bare, his drawers were empty and his desk was clear. All that was left was his computer and an open Bible. This image struck him as quite profound.
When all was said and done, after all the sermons, all the pastoral calls, all the meetings, all the weddings, all the funerals, all joys and all the hardships, all that was left was the Bible. And that’s how it should be.
The Bible had been so pivotal in his ministry journey and he encouraged us to have it as the centre piece of our lives too. When everything is completed in our lives our faith can be the only thing left standing.
What a great challenge. I know I often hold tightly to money and time and productivity. But all those things will fade.
When I’m at the end and I’ve run my race I hope to look back and see that all that’s left is the Bible. And not a shiny new bible but one that is so worn out and dog-eared from use that it’s falling apart.
Lord, Your word brings light to my path. May it shine all the way until the end. Amen.
How central is the Bible in your life?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.