“The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world.” — 2 Corinthians 10:4
Life is full of battles. Two teams may battle it out on the football field. A person struggles to lose weight or to conquer an addiction. Businesses fight to stay afloat. Society combats racism and gender inequality. Armies engage in war. All of these battles engage particular weapons—an ace quarterback, a special diet, 12-step programs, civil rights, civil liberties, stealth weaponry.
Christ’s followers engage in battles too. As Christians, we must be careful with our choice of weapons. Paul here defends himself against false teachers who are publicly finding fault with him in order to boost their own reputations. Many of us are familiar with the weapons they used: belittling, bullying, gossip, false accusations. But instead of responding the same way, Paul uses the meekness and gentleness of Christ. He is not interested in defending himself; he desires to “take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”
What is included in the arsenal we may use in God’s kingdom? Our personal testimonies can be a powerful weapon against “every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God.” Prayer is our lifeline to communicating with God, giving thanks, and understanding his will for us. And in God’s strength we use our gifts and talents in obedience to Christ. We can bring reconciliation, teach, show compassion, organize projects, serve to help others, and more—all with the love and grace that bring blessing to the world through Christ.