How a Gideon Bible Literally Saved My Life
It’s early Saturday morning as I peck away here at my keyboard. I’m about to head off to the NSW State Conference of the Gideon’s to share my testimony with the delegates. It’s something that I just am so delighted to do … because back in February 1995, it was a Gideon Bible that God used to save my life.
I was standing on the 8th floor balcony of a Brisbane hotel, wondering whether to jump, and …
Well, let me start back at the beginning.
I used to be a tough, hard-nosed businessman happy to tread on anyone to get where I was going. Right from the beginning, I was programmed for success.
As a partner in a successful IT firm, I travelled all over the world – especially in Australia – so I stayed in many, many hotels over the years. Hundreds. But something was always missing in my life. All that I had – my career, my financial success – never satisfied me.
And every now and then, when there was nothing on TV in my hotel room, I’d pull a Gideon’s Bible out of the top drawer of the bedside table wherever I was staying. That’s how God started speaking to me – it’s how He grabbed my attention.
I remember one time in a Brisbane hotel, standing on the 8th floor balcony looking down at the concrete driveway below.
I was being pulled in two directions. My loss and grief and desperation were calling me over the edge. And somehow, through what I’d read in that Gideon’s Bible the night before, God was calling me back inside to pray.
I went inside, knelt down at my bed – just as I had done as a child – and said “Lord if you’re out there, now would be a really good time.” Those were my exact words. That’s all I had. And that’s all it took for God to wrap His loving arms around me.
Within just a few months of giving my life to Christ I found myself at Bible college studying a Bachelor of Ministry degree. And through that, I became involved as a student volunteer in the Australian media ministry of Christianityworks. Today I’m the CEO and Bible teacher of what’s become an organisation with a global media footprint.
Every time I sit down in the studio behind that microphone I’m sharing the good news of Jesus with a weekly audience of over 15 million people through 1,050 radio stations in 160 countries around the globe. God is so amazing.
And very shortly, we’ll be going to air on a government owned radio network across India, Bangladesh and Nepal on Sunday nights in a time slot that, according to the network, has over 30 million listeners each week! (That just does my head in.)
Through Christianityworks’ radio ministry, we’re seeing countless lives changed – like the guerilla commander in the RDC Congo who after 13 years of killing people – “I don’t know how many have died at the end of my gun” – heard one of our Australian produced radio programs, laid down his arms and gave his life to Christ. Like the woman in Europe who wrote to me just recently about how, through one of our radio programs, the Lord pulled her back from the absolute brink of suicide! Don’t you just love that 🙂
And that’s the ripple effect of those Gideon’s Bibles tucked away in the top drawer of the bedside table of so many of the hotel rooms around this country and around the world!
When I think back to that turning point in the Brisbane hotel – I just shake my head in wonder. And I want to tell you that those simple, unassuming little Gideon’s Bibles played such a crucial role on my road to Damascus, in bringing Christ to me.
Without them – I don’t quite know where I’d be right now. There’s every chance I wouldn’t be here at all and certainly, I wouldn’t be doing what I’m doing – that’s for sure. To God be all the glory!