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Revelation 3:20

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The Gideon Bible
by Pastor Gary Drabek

Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me” (Revelation 3:20)

When I was in the fourth grade, my school was visited by two gentlemen who belonged to an organization called the "Gideons."  The high point for me of the visit was when they handed-out a New Testament for each one of us.  I remember that during the time they told us about the Gideon organization they explained how the Gideons place Bibles into hotel rooms and hospitals.

One of them said, "No matter where you are in the world, if you are in a hotel or hospital, you will find a Gideon Bible in the room."  Being a normal, healthy nine-year old, I took that comment as a personal challenge.  From that day forward, any time I was in a hotel, motel, or was visiting someone in the hospital, I played a game I made-up myself.  It was called, "Find the Gideon Bible."  And do you know what?  Every time I looked, I found a Gideon Bible.  The game continued even into young adulthood, and I became confident that what that gentleman had said was true; that there would always be a Bible in that place.

I had no idea that God was preparing that nine-year old boy for an event, many years down the road, that would change my life forever.

Years later, in April of 1975, I was on a business trip to San Francisco.  The conference I was attending consisted of three days of management training by day and partying by night.  I shared a hotel room with another upwardly mobile young man, who seemed somehow different from most of us.  He didn't drink, smoke, swear or party like the rest of us.  I figured he must have been a Mormon.

On the final night of the conference, I, being the religious person that I thought I was, decided to talk about religion with him.  I soon found out that this was the moment he had been waiting for, all during the past three days.

He began to tell me about his personal relationship with Jesus Christ.  But pretty soon, he got a very distressed look on his face.  He looked at me and said, "Oh no, I've already packed my Bible and I took the suitcase down to the lobby."

"Well, no problem!" I said.  I walked to the nightstand, opened the bottom drawer and pulled out the Gideon Bible.  You see, God had started preparing me for that night when I was nine years old.  All the years of playing "Find the Bible," were a part of God's preparation, His grace, working in my life from the time I was nine because He knew that young man was going to prematurely pack-away his Bible.

Satan could have been victorious and kept another soul, but that night, in a hotel room in San Francisco, I received Christ as my Lord and Savior because that young man shared God's plan of salvation with me from a Gideon Bible.

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