Updated: May 4, 2019
Most of us have experienced that point in an epic movie where our hero is prepped for a fight. The music is infused with dramatic violins and an overwhelming bass that vibrates through your chest. The scene is violent and in slow motion as our hero wields his sword to destroy the enemy. It’s why we watch those kinds of movies in obsessed repetition but, imagine our hero without his sword and in its place a dull rusty spoon. No matter how much the music swells and the special effects create vivid imagery we will all be staring at the spoon. It’s ludicrous, anti-climatic and, just plain dumb. Bigger than the fame of Excalibur and mightier than the hammer of Thor is the Word of God; freely given to every believer. It is the power to recruit soldiers for God’s army, encourage the lowliest warrior, and destroy our enemies. So why are some of us walking around with rusty spoons?
The bible says to “study to show yourself approved.” 2 Timothy 2:15 and yet many of us can’t apply the diligence necessary to see real power and change in our lives. Usually we cripple ourselves all week, resuscitate our spiritual lives with a sermon on Sunday, and after having an emotional experience in God feel prepared for the up coming week. There’s that dull spoon again. Scientologist spend 16 hours a day studying their beliefs, Buddhists become monks in order to dedicate their lives for the sake of their beliefs, and Muslims bow down to pray five times a day in humility. For many Christians the Bible is used as a substitute for Nyquil; just read a few lines and your off to sleep. We study for our degrees, train for our careers, but when it comes to the key to our lives existence we rather sit back and be outdone by others.
Perhaps we have yet to really feel the conviction of the importance of knowing the Word of God. Well, we can start at the beginning. The book of Genesis introduces the world to the chosen people of God. It’s ok to be a little jealous, like; “Hey, God. You got favorites huh?” Part of the reason why Jewish people were chosen was because of their diligence to study scripture. They would write it down and recite the Word of God to one another over and over again until whole books were committed to memory. “Your Word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You.” Psalm 119:11 They were plagued with genocide more than once throughout history and yet through their commitment to God His word has found a place on your coffee table, on your phone, or on your night stand. It’s our responsibility not to keep it there.
So why do we need it? We know that it’s powerful, irreplaceable, and breathed by the Holy Spirit but, what does that mean for our Monday mornings? In Kingdom Agenda written by Tony Evans, he gives everyone an exercise to take a blank sheet of paper and draw a straight line down the middle. Take a look at the line, is it straight? No way! But when you apply a ruler there’s an added guarantee that the line will be straight every time. We can’t live on our own. No matter how moral or optimistic or good we think we are, we are headed for crooked places without a Ruler and that’s exactly what God’s word does for us. “Man will not live on bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.” Matthew 4:4 Whoa! It doesn’t get any clearer than that. Either we eat or we die. We’re called to be kings on earth representing the authority and power of God. We need His Word now more than ever. So put away the rusty spoon, you were created to wield a sword.