"Jesus sent two of his disciples and said to them, “Go into the village in front of you, and immediately as you enter it you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever sat. Untie it and bring it. If anyone says to you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ say, ‘The Lord has need of it and will send it back here immediately.’” And they went away and found a colt tied at a door outside in the street, and they untied it. And some of those standing there said to them, “What are you doing, untying the colt?” And they told them what Jesus had said, and they let them go" (Mark 11:2-6).
What is something that you have you taken time to memorize? During my life, I've memorized quite a few things, ranging from somewhat useful (driving directions, passwords, specific skills) to the less useful (sports statistics, names of celebrities, organic chemistry mechanisms). I will commit something to memory if I believe that at some point this knowledge be valuable and worthwhile, whether it be for a class, job, or in life. However, if I'm honest, when it comes to the less useful items, the value tends to be centered around me and my own purposes.
In the above passage of Mark 11, we see the power and authority of Jesus' word in action. When the disciples were asked what they were doing, they simply spoke the words that Jesus told them to speak ("The Lord has need of it") and by doing so, were granted permission to take the colt. Memorizing the Word of Christ, in and of itself, empowered them to complete the mission for which they were sent, proving itself more than useful for God's purposes.
- Pick Up Your Sword: In Ephesians 6:17, Paul informs us that the Sword of the Spirit is the Word of God. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 speaks to the value of scripture in all situations and circumstances. A good solider doesn't enter a battle without their weapon. As followers of Jesus, our primary offensive weapon to fight against the work of the evil one is the Word of God. In starting out today, are you armed with your sword? If not the Word, in what (or who) are you trusting in to attack the lies and fiery arrows of darkness?
- Sharpen Your Sword: "For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart" (Hebrews 4:12). Wherever you may fall on the spectrum of scripture memory (i.e. been memorizing for a long time or haven't memorized one verse), we can all start with one. Let's begin the process of sharpening our swords by committing one verse to memory this week! How do you best memorize scripture?
As we begin to engage with Session #11: Empowerment this week, we find that true empowerment flows from the Spirit of God, the source of all power. The amazing reality is that as Christ-centered leaders, we have direct access to God's Spirit each and every day, both within us and through His Word. What is our view of scripture? Are we prioritizing time to learn and remember the right things, the things that will truly allow us to be about God's Will? How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word. With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your commandments! I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you" (Psalm 119:9-11).
Whether or not we are equipped, the war continues to rage. "For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places" (Ephesians 6:12). Don't be caught unarmed - it's time to pick up your sword!