If you are a Christian there is a very good possibility that you either have this verse highlighted in your Bible, or have it inscribed upon some object or picture in your home. It certainly is a wonderful promise of God, but out of context it might be misleading, for it comes on the heels of Paul’s acclamation to the Philippian church for being persistent givers—the previous sentence speaking of their ‘acceptable sacrifice’ that is ‘pleasing to God.’
What Does ‘Acceptable Sacrifice” Look Like?
This past week I went to the bookstore located on the ‘Focus on the Family‘ campus in Colorado Springs, and was searching for a pocket Bible to purchase. Not finding exactly what I was looking for, I sought the help of an employee standing nearby. Kate (according to her name tag) came to my immediate aid.
As it turns out, the type of Bible I desired was not in stock, but that did not impede Kate. She excused her self for a moment and disappeared into the back room. When she returned she held a Bible in her extended hand.
“Is this what you were looking for?” she asked.
As I reached out to take it from her she added, “I want you to have it. I bought it a while back, but it’s not the one I use. The only problem with it is that my name is engraved on the cover and I wrote in it in a few places.”
Sure enough, there was her name, written in gold on the leather cover, Kate Larimore.
Kate,” I protested, “I can’t take your bible.”
Kate was insistent, so after a few more ‘back-and-forths’, I conceded.
When I returned to my hotel room, I opened my ‘new’ Bible anxious to see what treasures Kate had recorded inside. The words she wrote here-and-there brought a joyful tear to my eye.
On the inside, front page was written: “This HOLY BIBLE presented to,” (and then in Kate’s own handwriting), “Kate Larimore”
DATE: Before the beginning of time!”
I wiped a tear and turned the page.
The words ‘HOLY BIBLE’ appeared once again, but then another hand-written inscription from Kate:
The Holy Bible: the account of God’s refusal to leave us alone.
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