Doubtless, we’ve all spent some “quality” time at some point aimlessly watching infomercials (or, maybe that’s just something I do). I know of a particular infomercial for a set of super-sharp knives—the kind that can cut through a tin can, or a tree stump, or any other thing you can imagine wanting to cut through. I’ve always thought, “Why would I possibly ever need a knife that can cut through these things?” To me, these knives seem more like a novelty item than a tool.
But, have you ever tried to cut something using a dull knife? Not only is it ineffective in accomplishing the job that it was designed for; it can actually be dangerous to use. Without the correct level of sharpness, the knife can slip off the item it’s slicing, and cut the next available thing…like a finger, or a hand. It would seem like a knife that’s dull is just as dangerous as a knife that’s too sharp.
In Proverbs 27:17, “sharpness” is seen as an important quality of a believer:
“As iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.”
Several questions come up when I think about this scripture. Why do we need to be sharpened? How do we sharpen each other? How “sharp” am I?
Over the next several weeks, we’ll be focusing on these questions, and others, as we explore what it means to be TOGETHER as a church body. Perhaps you currently identify with the dull knife—feeling ineffective and dangerous. Or, perhaps you feel so sharp that you could unnecessarily cut through a tree trunk. My prayer is that this series will give us all fresh insight on how to live TOGETHER in fellowship with one other—smoothing out each other’s rough edges and building each other up—so that in the end, we’ll each be sharp enough to be effective disciples of Jesus. Won’t you join me on this “sharpening” journey?