Written by the fantastic Sarah Long. Sarah works for the Diocese of Winchester as Youth Adviser having previously worked for Romance Academy and as a Youth Worker in Camberley. Follow her on Twitter at @snailsarah
Read: Hebrews 4:1-13
I will never forget the first time I saw Austin Powers 3. Firstly, because it’s a truly terrible film. And secondly because that was the night I came down with appendicitis. Mere hours after consuming piles of popcorn along with that rubbish movie, I had vomited it all back up into the toilet and was lying in agony in bed.
My stomach now proudly bears the two inch scar from the surgery that followed that horrible evening and I live safe in the knowledge that thanks to that surgeon and his knife, I’ll never again have to endure the horrors of appendicitis.
It took months after that operation to feel completely well again – being cut open is a far from pleasant experience – but with every twinge of pain I felt, I knew I was becoming more healthy than I had been before, that something that was unhealthy and broken had been removed from me, that healing and life was in process.
The word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double edged sword, it penetrates even to divine soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
At times it’s easy to look at the bible and think it’s a stuffy, long winded, boring book. Even when we’ve been told and we know it’s full of important stuff, actually getting ourselves to bother engaging with it can be a challenge for many of us.
But what if it really is living?
What if it really is active?
What if it actually does have the power to slice right into the very core of our being and find the stuff there that’s unhealthy, that’s broken, that’s damaging us and other people?
Without surgery appendicitis leads to death. If I had not let that surgeon and his knife do their job, I would not be writing this today.
Without letting God and his word enter into our hearts and lives, we allow sin and death to fester there.
But what if we did let him in? What if we let God and his word do his work in our hearts, souls and lives?
Nothing in all creation is hidden from gods sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eye of him to who, we must give account.
What holds you back from engaging with the Bible?
What can you do today to change that?
Where might the knife of God’s word be working in you today?
Father, thank you that you see everything about us, the best bits and the worst bits, and that you love us completely. Thank you that you are not content to let the bad stuff fester, but that by your word you want to make us whole. Help us to let you do your work, to listen to you, to be changed by what you say. Amen.