One thing that I have often noticed about reading the Bible is how straightforward it is. We live in an age of political correctness that is run amuck. We are constantly bombarded with passive aggressive posts on social media. However, the Bible is the exact opposite. It says what it means, and it means what it says. This is certainly a good thing, but it can also be a painful thing at times. It can be painful, because no one likes to be confronted when they are wrong. Yet I can attest to the truthfulness of Hebrews 4:12 when it says, “For the word of God is alive, and active, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, of joints and marrows, and able to judge the thoughts and intents of the heart.” The writer of Hebrews is telling us that God’s Word is like a scalpel in the most gifted surgeon’s hand. If I ever needed a particularly difficult surgery, with all due respect to the doctor who just graduated medical school, I want the surgeon who has been doing the surgery for a while to be the surgeon with the scalpel. Just as that skilled surgeon takes his or her scalpel and cuts with precision; the Word of God cuts deeply and precisely to lay open and reveal the thoughts and intents of our heart. God’s Word is able to cut through our actions, past our words, and get to the very depths of who we are. It is able to carefully remove the cancerous growths of sin that infect our mind, mouth, and heart. Does this at times become a hurtful process? Absolutely it does. But in the end, it always proves to be helpful, in that it helps us become conformed to the image of Jesus. Being conformed to Christ’s image is the will of God for those He has saved by His grace according to the apostle Paul in Romans 8:28-30.
In order for God to remove these cancerous growths of sin in our mind, mouth, and heart; we must first voluntarily get on the surgeon’s table. We must make a plan and then commit to that plan of opening the Bible daily. As we read the Bible, our Heavenly surgeon will take His scalpel and pull back the layers of self-righteousness and good intentions to expose the real issues of our life. Then with the precision that only the One who made us could have, He will begin to cut out that which is robbing us of our joy, fellowship, and right relationship with Him. Have you been on the surgeon’s table today? What is His scalpel trying to get out in order to remove? Just know that while it may hurt for a while, it will heal us, and be for His glory and our good in the long run.