This verse has been shaping me as I worked with others to develop strategy as a mission leader overseas and at home. Because the real battle for the hearts of men is a spiritual battle, we need spiritual weapons. The Holy Spirit uses the Word of God to renew and transform people’s hearts. We shouldn’t rely on influencing people with carefully crafted arguments or even through good works, but the written Word proclaiming the Living Word, Jesus Christ.
The verse is formative in at least three ways: 1) when I lived overseas a key part of our strategy was to make God’s Word accessible to anyone who wanted it. In those days, we used flyers and newspaper ads. Today it is the through the Internet. Giving away New Testaments allows someone to have access to God’s Word in their own timing, in their native language, and initially, anonymously. A way to get more information, like a website or phone number, should be included in every New Testament given away. For an example of audio devices with Bible recordings on them go here.
2) Working with missionaries. While our goal was to share our faith with local people, God also had much to do in our lives. We received encouragement, support, correction, and direction from God’s Word. One major tool of the enemy is to get us distracted from daily interaction and meditation on God’s Word, so that we are tempted to live and minister through our own natural abilities rather than the wisdom and power of the Holy Spirit.
3) In our families. Our morning “Family Bible Time” enabled us to not only teach our children the basics of the faith, but also, by example, it taught them that the Word of God is the source of truth in our lives. Now that they are grown, we can see much of what God has done, and is doing, in their lives.
We may not know what God will accomplish through the sharing of his Word, but we can rest assured that He surly will accomplish everything he pleases.