Have you ever played the game “What Would You Take?” There are two popular versions.
First, if your house caught on fire, what would you be sure to grab on your way out? Second, if you were stranded on a desert island, what three items would you want to have?
The intent of the game is to learn what you value, what you must have to survive.
The apostle Paul was in a related situation. Knowing that his death was approaching, he wrote to Timothy.
He urged Timothy to visit, and if he did, he wanted him to bring a few things—chief among the belongings he wanted were “the parchments.”
That’s what Paul treasured, what he wanted with him in his final days: a man he had disciple, and some reading material.
The parchments were likely either correspondence or copies of the law and the prophets (all the Scripture that was available in that day), or perhaps both.
This dying man of God most wanted the company of the people of God and the Word of God. These were his treasures. What are yours?
When it comes to the Word of God, it is not the paper and ink that are sacred; it is the truth they tell us.
The way we value Scripture is not to display our Bibles in glass cases or secure them in vaults, but to meditate on God’s Word, to hide it in our heart, to obey it, to live it, to trust it.
God’s Word is not an item. It is a message that calls for our response—our YES!
“When you come, bring the cloak that I left with Carpus at Troas,
also the books, and above all the parchments.”
2 Timothy 4:13 (ESV)