Saturday, December 1
Weapons of righteousness
Scripture: Romans 5-8
Romans 6:13 And do not offer any parts of it to sin as weapons for unrighteousness. But as those who are alive from the dead, offer yourselves to God, and all the parts of yourselves to God as weapons for righteousness.
Paul is writing about sin and grace. Grace is not an excuse to sin, but a reason to live righteously. Because of God’s grace we are dead to sin and alive to God. Therefore we offer ourselves to God, and offer the parts of our body to God as weapons (or tools) of righteousness.
I like the image of our lives and our bodies being weapons or tools, either for God and good, or for evil. Once we begin to follow Jesus, we stop doing the destructive things we used to do. We are no longer weapons of unrighteousness. And we start doing the good things that God wants done—we are weapons of righteousness. We live full on for Jesus! “All the parts of ourselves” are yielded to God to be used for His purposes.
The news abounds with stories of people whose lives and bodies are weapons of unrighteousness—everything from people who do heinous crimes to those who quietly do wrong in small but potent ways. Paul says, “Not you!”
When thinking about offering your body as a weapon of righteousness, the first example I thought of from this week was young John Allen Chau, who wanted to reach the North Sentinelese with the gospel and paid for it with his life. He is being vilified in the press, but I honor him—the gospel has spread for 2000 years because of brave men and women who weren’t afraid to offer their lives and bodies to Jesus’ cause.
That is admittedly an extreme example—there are other ways to offer your life and body as a weapon of righteousness short of dying! What would it look like for me to offer my life and my body to God as a weapon or tool of righteousness today?
Prayer: Lord, I offer myself to You today. Use me as a weapon of righteousness.