I can’t remember where or when I bought my kitchen knife set. It has been that long ago. Over the years, I have thought about nicer and newer knife sets. However, the set I owned was good enough for my use, or so I thought.
There were hints that it was time to upgrade. Certain knives could only be used for tasks that didn’t require a pristine knife. When we visited our kids, I was impressed at how well their knives sliced, diced, and pared. I still didn’t see it as a problem because I had plenty of knives to choose from. My knives got the job done and that’s really all that mattered to me.
Fast-forward to Christmas 2015 when I opened my gift under the tree. It was a brand new and very sharp knife set from my older son and his wife. I asked my daughter-in-law how they came up with the idea of a knife set. (Yes, I really did ask despite the obvious!) She replied in a very gracious manner that my knives were dull and difficult to work with. I was so used to my dull knives that I had forgotten what it was like to work with sharp knives.
If we aren’t careful, the same thing can happen in our faith lives. We can become spiritually dull over time without recognizing what gradually happened. What are we doing to sharpen our faith? Are we participating in the body of believers? As we serve alongside each other, we are sharpened by rubbing elbows with more mature Christians. Be jealous for their gifts and learn from their example.
Spend time in God’s Word. The Word equips us with a sharper sense of God’s vision and purpose for our lives. Be transparent with other Christians revealing our rough edges. As we share our hearts and pray for one another, we sharpen each other for the tasks God has given us.
We are the tool that God uses to accomplish His work here on earth. May we be ready, sharp, and willing in the hands of our Father God.
As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.
For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.