Tuesday, April 8, 2014 1:38 AM

April 8, 2014

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 1:38 AM
Tuesday, April 8, 2014 1:38 AM

Hebrews 4:12-16

Growing up in Little Rock, Arkansas, I held many different jobs from the age of 11 to 21.  I was an office clerk, an umpire for Little League baseball, a janitor, a babysitter, a coach, and I worked with the EOA.  These were summer jobs.  My parents taught me to always do the best job I could, no matter the job.  I did, but looking back on it, I believe you have to do some jobs to find out you don’t want to do that job for a living. 

I said all of that to say my full time job and the job I learned the most was as a yard boy.  It was my full time job because my daddy had a saying, “As long as grass is growing and leaves are falling, you don’t need to ask me for money.”  So when I needed money I knew I could cut grass or rake leaves.

One of the lessons I learned was how to cut grass with the different kinds of blades.  This was in the 70’s, so we did not have power mowers.  So my elder brother showed me how to use a sling blade, a sickle, and a machete to cut down the high grass, and then you could use the push mower once the grass was cut low enough.  The best blade was the machete, but it was also the most dangerous because it was the sharpest and it cut both ways.  If you swung too light, the blade could bounce back off the high grass and cut you.  If you swung too hard, the blade would cut through the grass and come around and cut you.  The WORD of God in Hebrew 4:12 is quick and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword (machaira), so it must be used properly. 

Use the word right, and it will be powerful for you.  It will always get the job done.  But also know the word is living and powerful, and the same word you use on others will also come back on you.  Every now and then my elder brother would let me know I could do a better job with the blades.  Jesus is sympathetic to every assignment that we have been assigned.  Even when we haven’t done every job right, you can go to Christ and He will comfort you with grace and mercy.

Daily walk in the WORD knowing that Jesus cares and wants your best!

Merciful God,
Thank you for the gift of the word in my life. I am thankful that it guides me, encourages me and convicts me. I pray that I will continue to make it a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.
In Jesus name, Amen.

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