Swiss Army Knife
Originally scheduled for September 11
Army Knife has long captured the imagination of the American male.
To have something in your pocket which will handle most of the minor
mechanical emergencies of the day is a nice feeling. The ultimate
expression of this is in the Wenger Grand, the world’s largest Swiss
Army knife. It is 9 inches wide and weighs 2 pounds. It has 87
separate tools. For example:
For the golfer, there is a club face cleaner, divot repair kit and
a shoe spike wrench.
For the bicyclist, there is a tool to tighten your spokes, and in
fact a chain rivet setter.
There is also a laser pointer (no sign of a light saber yet.)
As of this writing, the device may be obtained for a mere
$1300. The pants pocket to hold such a device is extra.
Some people see God like a Swiss Army knife. They have a
problem; they open the particular aspect of God which solves those
problems, and when solved, they put God away — just like folding up
that knife. So we see people going to God asking for these kinds of
People ask for healing — and when healed they say a quick thank you
and put God back in the closet.
People ask to get out of a financial mess — and that tool goes back
into the knife as quickly as possible.
It takes a little longer, but people also ask God for help with
their family. When God finishes, or appears to, they fold the knife
back and put it in the backpack.
This is idolatry. If you do this, you are treating God like
a collection of tools, and you are thankful for each tool — but do
not recognize the God who really is. You love the tools, but you
don’t want God interfering in your life.
In communion God presents himself to you in a different
light. It is as if he wants to show you the most important thing
about himself: God is love. How does he do this?
In communion, he shows you the real problem in your life — sin. It
may present itself in a variety of ways, but the core problem is
this: all have sinned.
There is only one solution to this, the atonement. God sent his son
to do just that, to pay the price of your sins.
What he asks of you in communion is that you remember the
sacrifice He made on the Cross. Of all the things he could ask you
to memorize, he boils it down to this: he loved this world so much
that he gave his only begotten son so that whoever believes in him
may have eternal life. As you take of communion this morning,
examine yourself and see if you are grateful to the God who is, or
just thankful for your Swiss Army knife.