Pastor Steven Adams of Legacy Church in Grovetown wrote the following poem 30 years ago as a college student. “At the time I wrote it, I was so burden by the life that so many professing Christians were living as they came out of high school and entered college with all its temptations,” he said. “I was concerned that those students who did not know Christ would be turned off by many who professed Christ. I did, however, have so many wonderful Christian friends that genuinely sought to live a life that honored Christ. As I prayed about how to challenge certain believers, I felt the Lord put this poem on my heart.”
I picked a book to read for a while,
it was entitled “Christian,” which caused me to smile.
The cover was beautiful, as smothered with gold,
I thought to myself, it might even save souls.
I opened it up and started to read,
curious to know where it might lead.
In just a short while, I could clearly see,
this book wasn’t at all what I thought it would be.
It told of a man that was living in sin,
but while at church, he always said, “Amen!”
The more that I read, the more it was clear,
this man had ears, but could not hear.
While reading this book, it wasn’t hard to tell,
the message it was sending was leading souls to Hell.
Lost in my anger, I searched for his name,
but when I had found it, my head hung in shame.
The smile I once had was now a frown,
this book was my life, all written down.
I feel to my knees and began to cry;
I had to start over or more souls would die.
I looked up to the Lord, trembling with fear,
and joy filled my heart because now I could hear.
As Children of God, I hope we all understand,
our lives are books the world holds in its hands.
Though we’ll never be perfect, in God we’ll find favor,
but only if we strive to be like our Savior.