This post was originally published on the Kathy Gooch’s blog at http://scribeofhisheart.blogspot.com/2014/11/dont-leave-home-without-it.html and is re-posted with permission.
I grew up in Canada watching a television ad for American Express traveler’s cheques whose slogan was “Don’t leave home without it.” I suppose American Express reckoned that not having their traveler’s cheques in your possession when you left home would set you up for challenges – ones that could have been prevented had you left home with them.
At the beginning of 2012, knowing that I would be phasing out of pastoring a church, I asked the Lord what I should focus on next. He made it clear that I was to be proactive in contributing to “eradicating Bible poverty and increasing Bible engagement.” He was basically saying that I could go “further with fewer” by having them “linger a little longer” in His Word.
Thus, I started Bible Studies with groups of young ladies. It was my way of creating an environment in which they could engage with the Word of God. I have been facilitating studies in the Word ever since with both young women and young men. Like the parable of the sower and the seed, I have seen a few who hear, receive the Word, and understand it, producing fruit. I would like to believe that those few have lived by the slogan, “Don’t leave home without it.”
Unfortunately, too many of us followers of Christ leave home without the Word.