Lent day 18: Sword drills and Fencing
Remember sword drills? I asked my Sunday school class of 7th and 8th graders a few weeks back if they remembered sword drills and many said yes. Then one student added, “I remember sword drills, testing our ability to be quick on the draw. The problem is we needed to be taught fencing. What good is a sword if you don’t know how to use it?”
That got me thinking, when Paul tells us in Ephesians 6 to take up the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God, what does he mean? Is taking up the sword of the Spirit more than just the ability to identify where to find a passage by chapter and verse? How good are we with the sword of the Spirit when it comes to both defending the faith and advancing the Kingdom against the schemes of the enemy today?
That middle school student was right. Christians need to know how to effectively take up the sword of the Spirit in the conversations of the culture today. It’s insufficient to be quick on the draw, we have to handle the Word of God well, applying Scripture to the living of these days.
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