Mary Jones Story
Mary Jones was a poor girl. She had great named Mary Jones has a great interest in the word of God. She would memorize and repeat large portions of Scriptures. Bibles were scarce in those days.
The nearest person who owned a copy lived two miles from her home. Mary’s greatest desire was to possess her own Bible someday. To do this, she denied herself many things.
She worked as a weaver in her father’s shop. She also set aside what little money she could spare from the wages she earned. After several years she scraped together enough money to buy a Bible. The nearest town where she could buy the precious Book was 25 miles from her house.
Undeterred, she set off, walking barefoot, carrying her shoes in a bag to save wear and tear on them. When she reached the home of Thomas Charles, the local Bible salesman, she learned that he has only two Bibles on hand. They too were already spoken for.
When he told Mary that he had no Bibles for sale, tears welled up in her eyes. Her disappointment so touched Mr. Charles that he sold her one of the Bibles that were already reserved.
After this incident, in 1802 Charles laid before the committee of the Religious Tract Society the pressing need for Welsh Bibles. A resolution was passed at the meeting that eventually led to the founding of Bible Society on 7 March 1804 (An organization that promotes the sale of Bibles at affordable prices all over the world)
Since then the Bible has been the world’s best-seller year after year. Today there are multiple copies of it in every Christian home.
Unfortunately, in many of these homes, it lies on a shelf gathering dust. I have not gone back from the commandment of God’s lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food. (Job 23:12)
Job esteemed God’s spoken words above his necessary food. Should we not value God’s Written Word at least as highly?