In the world but not of it

December 2, 2010

Surgical procedure…

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For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires. Hebrews 4:12

There are minor cuts, paper cuts and cuts that need stitches. When my son ran full steam into the frame of his bedroom door there was no doubt which type of cut we were dealing with. As a little toddler he was scared and after we cleaned him up we quickly got him to the hospital.

The doctor was gentle and patiently explained to us what he needed to do. Stitches were required and we stood by our son’s side holding his hand as the doctor did his work. The little guy was completely at peace and was calm even though he could see this large, shiny and sharp object coming at his face.

The calmness and confidence this little boy had at that moment was due to the fact that the people he loved most in the world were there standing by him and the doctor performing the surgical procedure had clearly communicated to him that this process was necessary for his deep cut to heal.

This is the principle found in our text. The term “cutting between” comes from a set of Greek words actually used in reference to medical and surgical procedures. In other words, the cutting that takes place in surgery is always for the purpose of healing.

We tend to think of cutting as a negative or invasive thing but in this context it is a requirement for healing.

It is necessary for our spiritual nourishment and growth and when we remind ourselves just how much the Lord loves us we can quickly come to terms that any cutting He performs in our lives is always so that we may be healed and grow spiritually.

The procedure and the process of the Word of God in our lives cuts deep. It is the only thing in the world that is sharp and powerful enough to cut and expose the innermost thoughts and desires that we vehemently protect.

And what are we really protecting? What is in us that God doesn’t already know about?

Father, thank you that your word penetrates my life so deeply. Thank you that you are gentle and tender but also firm and just and that you have such a way about you to take those deep rooted areas of my life and cut them out so that the ground can be made fertile again.


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