My friends can’t help but tease me. I don’t really blame them. Only God knows how many times I whined about how hard it was to study Greek in seminary. Yet, here I am, loving to read the original languages as I study Scripture. Truly, it adds a glorious depth to the text that I would surely otherwise miss.
One of my favorite books of the Bible is Romans. I love the logical flow of Paul’s letter. Recently, I came across verse 6:13, “Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness.”
I discovered that the original Greek word for “instrument” also means tool, or spear, or weapon. I don’t know about you, but this enriched my understanding of the text considerably. Suddenly, I saw the image in a powerful new light. Re-read the Scripture below where I’ve inserted the words tool and weapon:
“Do not present your members to sin as tools for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as tools for righteousness.”
“Do not present your members to sin as weapons for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as weapons for righteousness.”
Invited to be God’s Weapons of Righteousness
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Are you ready to make it personal? Consider praying this prayer:
Father in Heaven,
May I serve you as a devoted servant, a powerful tool, even a weapon of righteousness, in your mighty hand. May I be a sharpened arrow in your quiver, to be used to advance your Kingdom-work as long as you give me breath. Sharpen me, oh God. My words, my hands, my feet – all of me – for it all belongs to You. You own me and I am so grateful! The enemy no longer has any hold on me for you have set me free from his hideous chains. I am no longer a slave to sin but a slave to righteousness by the power of Your blood and Your glorious Holy Spirit living within me.
Grant me a humble heart, oh God, and a willing spirit to be a holy instrument in Your Hand for by your blood, I have been declared holy in Your sight. By Your power, I can do all things through Christ who cleanses me and strengthens me to do the work You prepared in advance for me to do. I pray these things in the Name that is above all names: Jesus Christ, my King. Amen.