God’s Word is alive. It’s living and active. It is not dead, dull or dormant! God’s Word is meant to penetrate our minds, permeate our actions and purify our innermost beings so that we will become more like Jesus, the living Word of God, in all we do and in all we are.
For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. – Hebrews 4:12
Have you ever heard the phrase: “Well, he certainly isn’t the sharpest tool in the shed”? He (whoever he, or she, is) may seem a little clueless or a bit oblivious about what’s going on around him. Or maybe he lacks the knowledge level or skill required to accomplish a specific task.
Well, I am certain that there is nothing clueless or oblivious, in any way, about the living and active Word of God. God’s Word is absolutely the sharpest tool in God’s shed. God is fully aware, fully knowledgeable of what is going on in every circumstance, in every relationship, in every individual. Nothing is hidden from the eyes of our loving and omniscient God. And our God is the true master swordsman, the master surgeon, who wields His Word – His living, active, double-edged sword – with perfect precision and with the precise purpose of transforming each of His children to be more and more like Jesus.
God does indeed have His work cut out for Him! But in His love for us, God is tireless and relentless in penetrating our innermost being, our thoughts, motivations and attitudes. God cuts through our self-focused perspective in order to free us to live – really live – in a trusting and intimate relationship with our God and with others. For this to be accomplished, we have to hear and honestly allow God’s Word to point out where we are motivated by our own personal versions of truth, by our own twisted thinking or by LFTPOHs (Lies From The Pit Of Hell) as we interact and respond to others and, even, to God Himself.
God must continually divide and separate out from us anything and everything that does not line up with God’s Word of grace and truth. This is a lifetime process. We must continually submit to God’s living and active Word so that He may reveal our flawed thinking and heal our bruised hearts. And transform us beautifully and continually into the likeness of Christ.
Sometimes this cutting away, separating and dividing work within our innermost being can be a very painful process. So, too, is physical surgery. Yet, most of us would be willing to submit ourselves to a human surgeon’s skills if we were faced with a diseased organ or a deadly growth of cancer within our bodies. We would submit so that we may live.
How much more should we trust ourselves over to our God, who not only has the perfect skill to cut away any and all things that are unhealthy and deadly for our mental, emotional and spiritual well-being, but does it all completely out of His perfect love for us! So that we may live!
To be more like Jesus is God’s great and loving purpose for each of us. And to fulfill it, God places us on His cutting edge of love. The very safest place we could ever be.