Sharpened and Polished For Kingdom Service

Daily Spirit & Word, 471: Sharpened and Polished for Kingdom Service?

Are You The Lord’s Sharpened Sword? and His Polished Arrow?

Good morning my friends, I don’t know if you’ve ever tried to cut ripe tomatoes with a blunt knife, they just don’t cut through the flesh and if you try and force it, you’ll end up with a squished mess of a tomato. I know, I’ve tried and it just makes a mess of a perfectly ripe tomato. No my friends to slice through fruit and vegetables, meat and poultry properly with a kitchen knife, you need to sharpen it in the right way. I learned this whilst working in various cafes and restaurants as a boy whilst still at school. Sometimes I’d have to prepare hundreds of tomatoes for the rush hour customers, but soon learned that before I began my knife needed to be ready and sharp as a razor.

Today, we’re going to see from God’s Word that the Lord wants to use you in His service of the Kingdom, but to be useful to him you’ll need to be razor-sharp and ready for the Master’s use.

 Sharpened Sword:

Isaiah 49:2  “He made my mouth like a sharpened sword, in the shadow of his hand he hid me; he made me into a polished arrow and concealed me in his quiver.”

In the Isaiah verse above we can see that it’s the LORD himself who does the preparing. “He made my mouth like a sharpened sword” Our words can be either flattering, smoothing or penetrating in the way that God intends. No self-respecting soldier would enter the battle field with a rusty, blunt or un-honed sword.

What comes out of a person’s mouth? Silly question? 🙂 Of course it is WORDS that come out, speech pours forth from our mouths. The words that come out from your mouth can be from different sources. Our Lord Jesus said this, John 12:47-50 47  “As for the person who hears my words but does not keep them, I do not judge him. For I did not come to judge the world, but to save it. 48  There is a judge for the one who rejects me and does not accept my words; that very word which I spoke will condemn him at the last day. 49  For I did not speak of my own accord, but the Father who sent me commanded me what to say and how to say it. 50  I know that his command leads to eternal life. So whatever I say is just what the Father has told me to say.”

Can you see it? Jesus only EVER spoke the Words His Father commanded Him to say. He didn’t speak on His own. Remember there are many verses that indicate that Jesus and the Father are united or one: He said to Philip, “If you’ve seen me, you’ve seen the Father” John 14:10, 11, 20. In many places in the Gospels it is recorded in similar ways, that Jesus only ever spoke what His Father wanted Him to speak.

Remember: The only offensive weapon for the Soldier in Christ is the Sword of the Spirit; the word of God (Ephesians 6:17). If the LORD is making you into His sharpened sword, then you’ll be useful to Him. He’ll give you the words to say in any given situation, but we must learn to trust Him, we’ll become like a sword in the LORD’S hands.

 Polished Arrow:

Secondly: “He made me into a polished arrow, and concealed me in His quiver”

What do arrows do? They fly and to fly straight they need to be ready for flight. A little bit of grit or rust on the tip can send an arrow far off course and miss the target. God wants your very words to Hit home to the target my friends, but it’s a target that He’s aiming at, not you. You must be prepared, hidden in the Lord’s quiver (Arrow Container), ready to be pulled out in His own good timing.

 Hidden Weapons:

Do you remember how the Iraq war began? It was because the West didn’t believe Saddam Hussein, when he declared “we have no weapons of mass destruction hidden away.” We sent teams of investigators into Iraq to try and find them, but none were ever found. Perhaps Saddam was telling the truth after all.

 But our LORD does conceal His Weapons:

Isaiah 49:2  “He made my mouth like a sharpened sword, in the shadow of his hand he hid me; he made me into a polished arrow and concealed me in his quiver.”

Just like the Sword; Hidden in His hand and the Arrow Concealed in His Quiver: The LORD has concealed His weapons of war, they are hidden from the enemies of the Lord.

Dear believer in the Lord Jesus Christ, you are the Lord’s secret, concealed and hidden weapon: Sharpened and Polished: Ready for use.

That’s what happens when you dedicate your life to the Lord Jesus Christ. After repenting from your sins and forsaking them, and then trusting in the Lord Jesus Christ and His death upon the cross for those sins, He fills you with the Holy Spirit and gives you a real HUNGER for His Word. You’ll begin to feast upon His Word and Hide His Word in your heart. So when it comes time to be used by the LORD He’ll pull out of you His Word at any given moment to be thrust deep into the foe or His arrow ready to fly straight to His intended target.

 God’s Weapons: They are not to destroy or win arguments, to to turn men’s hearts and win them for Christ.

 Blunt and Dirty Weapons:

A blunt sword and a dirty arrow are of no use to the LORD:

2 Timothy 2:19-22 “Nevertheless, God’s solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription: “The Lord knows those who are his,” and, “Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness.” 20  In a large house there are articles not only of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay; some are for noble purposes and some for ignoble. 21  If a man cleanses himself from the latter, he will be an instrument (Sword or Arrow) for noble purposes, made (Sharpened and Polished) holy, useful to the Master and prepared (Sharpened and Polished) to do any good work. 22  Flee the evil desires of youth, and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.”

Just as Jesus only ever spoke the Father’s Words and we all know just how powerful the words of Jesus were, sometimes people were cut to the heart, stopped in their tracks and turned back in shame, so we too, become useful in the Master’s service: Sharpened Swords and Polished Arrows.

I’m praying for everyone reading this today, that you’ll be SHARPENED, POLISHED and READY for use in Jesus Kingdom today.

Don.

 Related Scriptures:

Every Believer in Jesus Christ is an Instrument prepared by God’s Spirit and concealed and ready for the Master’s use.

You’ll be like:

A  A SHARP THRESHING INSTRUMENT Isa. 41:15

B  A “VESSEL FIT FOR THE MASTER’S USE” 2 Tim. 2:21

C  A “SHARPENED SWORD AND POLISHED ARROW” Isaiah 49:2

D  A “FRUITFUL BRANCH” John 15:5

E  An “INVITATION LETTER” 2 Cor. 3:2

F  A “FAITHFUL WITNESS”  Acts 1:8 (NIV) “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

G An “AMBASSADOR FOR CHRIST” 2 Corinthians 5:20 (NIV) “We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.”

 More Scriptures About; THE WORD & JESUS & THE FATHER:

Matthew 26:39 Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”

John 5:30 By myself I can do nothing; I judge only as I hear, and my judgment is just, for I seek not to please myself but him who sent me.
John 6:38 For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me.
John 8:28 So Jesus said, “When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am he and that I do nothing on my own but speak just what the Father has taught me.
John 12:49 For I did not speak on my own, but the Father who sent me commanded me to say all that I have spoken.
John 12:50 I know that his command leads to eternal life. So whatever I say is just what the Father has told me to say.”
John 14:10 Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you I do not speak on my own authority. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work.

 Future Study Note: Jesus entrusted with future judgement:  John 5:22-23 22  Moreover, the Father judges no-one, but has entrusted all judgment to the Son, 23  that all may honour the Son just as they honour the Father. He who does not honour the Son does not honour the Father, who sent him.

Sharpened and Polished for Kingdom Service.