How to Personalize Your Bible

Perhaps you own a Bible with your name engraved in gold on the cover. Or maybe you received your Bible from a relative or friend who wrote a meaningful inscription to you on the flyleaf. Certainly this makes your Bible more personal than those of the same edition in boxes on the bookshelf at the store.

But there are even better ways to personalize a Bible.

We can mark it up.

Of course, scribbling in a book is disrespectful. But writing notes in a Bible for study purposes is actually a sign of great respect. It shows we care about discovering its treasures. It shows we are taking the Bible seriously and really want to learn more and more.

A Bible with a worn cover, loose pages, its words circled and underlined and its margins filled with notations from years of study—now that’s a personalized Bible! How many Bibles should a Christian wear out in a lifetime?

I heard about a woman who asked a preacher to write notes in her Bible like the ones he had in his. Valuable as those notes might be, they are not the product of the diligent studies of the one who requested the preacher’s notes.

We can live it out.

“But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves . . . . one who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man will be blessed in what he does” (James 1:22, 25).

Having a Bible is good—if we study it. Studying the Bible is good—if we obey it.

Could there be a better way to personalize our Bible than to shape our lives each day by its teachings?

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