Most of us hold in our possession one of the most precious treasures ever passed down to mankind, and yet we fail to appreciate its value. When Benjamin Franklin was the Ambassador to France, he occasionally attended the Infidels’ Club — a group of atheists which critiqued the Bible and other literary masterpieces. On one occasion, Franklin read the book of Ruth to the club, but changed the names in it so it would not be recognized as a book of the Bible. When he finished, the listeners were unanimous in their praise. They said it was one of the most beautiful short stories they had ever heard, and demanded that he tell them its source. He loved telling them that it came from the Bible.

Do you have a favorite Bible story? Many have found a special place in our hearts — the story of Abraham and Sarah, the Exodus of Israel from Egypt, the story of Ruth, the story of David’s ascent to the throne, or perhaps the miracles of Jesus. We may love these stories because of their style, because of their personal relevance, or simply because they highlight important attributes of God’s character. Regardless of why we enjoy them, they are testaments to the beauty of Scripture.

The Bible is far more than a literary classic. It has confounded the wise and enlightened the simple. Yet its power lies in its application. Its beauty sparkles like a jewel in the life of a person who takes it seriously enough to align his life with its teachings.

A marginal acquaintance with God’s Word may be sufficient to delight your senses; but personal experience of the truths of Scripture will change your life. The measure of this treasure is found in its impact on your heart — and that is completely up to you.

The Bible is not meant merely to inform, but to transform. — Unknown Author

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.