Weapons of Righteousness
One never knows when the weapon of righteousness will come in handy. A friend shared some humor with me about a righteous offer. It seems that there was a helicopter that was hovering over a fairly large group of people who were stranded in the ocean due to their ship having sunk. The waves churned and the beating wind of the helicopter's rotors was causing the rescue to be dangerous. Because the helicopter did not have a ladder rope, a regular thick rope strand was thrown down with the shout, "Climb up the rope hand over hand!"
As they followed instructions, the nine men and one woman were climbing for dear life when another shout came from the man in the helicopter, "The weight is too heavy and we're being pulled down. One of you will have to let go! Someone must let go!" The lone woman shouted that she would be the one to do it, she said that she had had a good long marriage but her husband had died three years ago, her kids were all married and happy, and her grandchildren were well. She would be the one to do it. And the men clapped!
Paul tells us that with the weapon of righteousness for the right and left hands we have commended ourselves to the Lord, no matter the consequences. (2 Cor. 6:7) This means that those selfless activities that you perform without fanfare, the tithing of ten percent of your first earnings to the Lord's work of the Church, and the imitation of Christ's ways and words have impact in this world that resound eternal. Your good weapon joins with all those who carry weapons of righteousness. Onward, Christian soldiers.