Scripture:Indeed, the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing until it divides soul from spirit, joints from marrow; it is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12)
Reflection: A two-edged sword is one that is sharpened on both edges. The person wielding a two-edged sword cuts another in two ways in opposite directions, leaving a huge wide-open wound. This is why the author of Hebrews declares that God’s word is sharper than any two-edged sword. The words God speaks are alive; they achieve the purpose for which God speaks them. In the book of Genesis, God speaks the word, “light,” and light appears. God speaks the word, “land,” and land appears. God speaks the word, “sea,” and the seas appear. Whatever word God speaks comes into existence. This is why the author of Hebrews declares God’s word to be living and active.
Furthermore, God’s words are able to separate what people cannot separate, namely, soul from spirit, joints from marrow. While the primary purpose of God’s word is to create and save, it also judges what people cannot know about each other, namely, the thoughts and intentions of the heart. According to Hebrews, no creature is hidden from God, but all are naked and laid bare to the eyes of the one to whom all must render an account.
A spirituality of mission must include listening carefully to God’s living and active word in a person’s life. Once God speaks a word, that word comes to be in one’s life. God may speak the word, “love,” and one loves another. God may speak the word, “writer,” and one writes. God may speak the word, “ministry,” and one becomes a minister in any of the many meanings of that word. God knows if his word has been heard, because he knows all and judges the thoughts and intentions of the heart. In other words, God cannot be deceived.
Journal/Meditation:What two-edged-sword word have you heard from God?
Prayer: All-knowing God, you speak your creative word, and all that exists comes to be. Grant that I may hear the words you speak to me, and, with the help of your grace, make them incarnate in my daily life. I ask this through Jesus Christ, my Lord. Amen.