We need to be sharp swords of God?s truth without compromise. Compromise causes our life to have no cutting edge. It makes us ineffective. Compromise makes our eyes dull and deafens the ears. If we kiss up to the world then we become the enemy of God.
1 John 2:15-17
“Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world? the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life ?is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.”
Sometimes people emphasize love with compromise to the things of this world. This is not love at all. God is love. Love is pure and holy. We are not called to be people pleasers, but to do the will of the Father. If our love does not have a cutting edge then we have lost the essence of God?s love in our lives.
True surrender to God involves following Jesus at any cost.
“Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace,
but a sword.”
Jesus came to bring a sword, a division to separate the things that are of God from that which is not. If our lives don?t have this kind of commitment we will wander aimlessly in this world wondering why we have not been as effective as we should. We can find a million reasons to justify our actions, but if what we are doing does not originate from the heart of God then we have missed it.
Our trust must be completely in God. We have put everything concerning our lives in His hands. If we fail to do this then we can have no expectation of anything of above mediocrity in our lives.
God make us like sharp swords that have a cutting edge that will penetrate the darkness. If our edge is dull then we can put out all the effort without any results. Are we settling for less, living a mediocre life before God? Or are we choosing the best and really using our time with wisdom, hungering after God?s best.
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.”
God always has more. God always has better. What do we really want for our lives? Are we willing to choose a more difficult path that ultimately will have a greater impact on the lives of others? Are we willing to be small that God can be large in us? It is not about us, but we do have to make some choices. Everyone seems to be more concerned about reputation these days. Can we make ourselves of no reputation like Jesus did? All these things determine whether we will be sharp swords in the hand of God, ready to be used for His purposes.