Today, I began really packing stuff up to head home for the summer as college students do. In the process I found that I took great care in packing my books. I like them and they are mine so they deserve proper care. I made sure that I placed them all in the box in a fashion so that they did not bend one another's cover or any of the pages. Stay with me here I'm getting somewhere. It doesn't matter that when they were shipped to the bookstore or put on the racks they may not have received the best of care. Now that they are mine it is my responsibility to watch over them.
After packing all of my books away I thought of the care that we should take care of the Gospel of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ. It is after all the Good News which was shared for us. It is now ours and it is our responsibility to watch over it. Without it we are lost as it is the only assurance that we are forgiven of all of our sins. We are given the command to share it with others and be sure that it remains pure in its teaching. Since we have received the Gospel so graciously as a gift from God it is our job to take care of it in the ways God expects us to. It is important to remember to keep it in a form so that "none of the pages get bent". Once we receive something it is our job to take care of it.
I urge everyone to take care of the gracious gift that our Lord has bestowed upon us and watch over it with the utmost of attention.