Written by Dave Lenehan
You’ve got to admit that swords are cool. Maybe it’s because we don’t see them in use on a daily basis (and that’s probably a good thing). Perhaps it’s because our first memory of seeing or even holding a sword likely has a cool story to go along with the blade’s cool factor (watching Braveheart, Gladiator, Lord of the Rings or Narnia included).
When I was in high school, I won newspaper Carrier of the Year from our local Cape Cod Times through Parade magazine; that award carried with it an all-expense-paid trip to Spain for 10 days. I had only flown a few times in my life and never out of the country, so this was an incredible experience.
Among the countless awe-inspiring sights we visited was a sword store. I’m not talking about a place that had a few stashes of plastic swords or a pile of decorated pocket knives. I mean this place was packed floor to ceiling with every kind of knife, sword, battle axe and blade imaginable. And, yes, I bought one that just barely fit into my suitcase. It sits on our fireplace mantle today. One half of the handle is broken off and the shine from the day of purchase is a bit dull, but it’s still a COOL SWORD!
“For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12, ESV)
“Therefore, take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints…” (Ephesians 6:13-18, ESV)
As a follower of Jesus, you’ve likely read these verses or heard them before. You know that you have a sword that has lasted throughout time and will continue far beyond any of us on planet Earth today. God’s Word is our sword, our main offensive weapon in the battle against the enemy’s schemes. It’s also what we lean on, what we should devour (sword swallowing reference allowed), what should be in our hands or on our minds all the time.
Have you taken a look at your sword lately? Is it collecting some dust? Is it losing its shine or perhaps going a bit dull? I’m not suggesting that we’re totally ignoring God’s Word, but are we truly using it to its full potential? Are we allowing God to speak to us, through us and over us in His Word every day?
Once I got home from Spain, I could have put my sword in my closet and forgotten about it. But from time to time, I would pull it out, wipe down the blade so it’s luster returned and marvel at it. I know I don’t do that enough or with the regularity that I should with my eternal sword – the Bible. How about you?