No, this is not an article on the millennial generation (although according to Google I am included in that oft-ridiculed age bracket). I moved out of my parent’s basement when I left for college and took most of my possessions with me. However, my collection of “myriads of myriads, and thousands of thousands” of sports cards remained (cf. Revelation 5:11). I invested much of my childhood collecting, trading, and organizing my hobby. I spent my paper route money on packs upon packs of what my children would call modern day “blind bags.” I’m probably guilty of sweet talking my parents into buying a pack every now and again at the checkout lanes. One day, I often tell my wife, I’m going to bring them home, spread them out all over the floor and experience that joy once again. Here I am today, some twenty-five years removed, reminiscing over tubs and boxes full of cards that haven’t seen the light of day in years. Why? I just don’t have the time. And so, they remain, in my parent’s basement.
“Buy truth, and do not sell it, get wisdom and instruction and understanding” (Proverbs 23:23). Whenever this passage is brought up, my mind instantly strays back to my sports card collection, neglected and collecting dust. The Proverbs writer tells us to buy truth. Truth is the Word of God (Psalm 119:160; John 17:17). Through the time we invest in our Bibles, we gain wisdom, instruction, and understanding. We cannot allow God’s Word to sit on our shelves at home, be put away in storage facilities, or remain in our parent’s basements. It has no value when it is not working, implanted, saving our souls (James 1:21). Acquire, obtain, and invest in God’s Word (and sell it not).