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They sharpen you
Pastor Mike Novotny
by Pastor Mike Novotny
June 9, 2024

By nature, we become dull. Just ask the knives in your kitchen drawer. As time passes and meals are made, they don’t naturally become sharper but instead lose their edge. To stay sharp, they need to be acted upon aggressively by an outside force.

The same is true for you. By nature, we become dull to the realities of God, forgetting how glorious he is, how serious sin is, and how loved we are. Like a farmer working in a cow barn who has gotten used to the smell or a woman who lives by the ocean and is no longer moved by its beauty, we too can grow complacent. We forget.

This is why we need Christian friends. The classic proverb reminds us, “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another” (Proverbs 27:17). I love that picture. To stay sharp and effective, an iron tool needs the help of another iron tool. For Christians to stay sharp in their thinking and effective in their living, we need the help of other Christians.

Today is a great day to ask someone to keep you sharp. Have the courage to ask them, “What do other people think of me? What don’t I see?” Warning—The answers might cause some friction. But please remember that it takes some friction for dull things to become sharp again.

Your life matters. The way you live matters. May God give you the humility to ask honest questions, to consider candid answers, and to stay sharp in your faith.