Proverbs 27:17 Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.
My grandfather was an amazing man who had a huge impact on my life. Actually, one of the reasons I wear a goatee is because he had one. I even have his crazy eyebrows. He used to let them grow and could twirl them into a loop like some do with their ‘handlebar mustaches. He taught me a lot, like how to garden and trim roses so they would produce flowers all year long. He taught me not to take life so seriously and to laugh. Actually, he was the only person I know that could settle my dad when he would ramp up in a rage. I remember one time as a kid I was having fun jumping up to make faces at myself in a mirror that was just a bit above my head. My dad yelled at me to quit horsing around, but my grandfather walked by with that silly grin and mischievous eyes and started jumping up next to me, making faces at himself, and so I joined in. My dad came around the corner. “I told you to quit horsing…” and saw my grandfather playing with me and never finished his sentence and walked on. Granddaddy, that’s what I called him, also taught me to carve a turkey and, most importantly, how to sharpen knives. He would take two big knives and blade to blade draw them across each other. He would do this super fast where a few times I even saw a spark fly. He then would show me how sharp the knife was by slicing the thinnest slice he could off the turkey breast. Yes, it’s true. Iron does sharpen iron, but I am sharper as a person because my grandfather chose to spend time with me and I was willing to learn.
Now sure, at times he got cross with me, like when we were loading up his station wagon from a day at the beach. If we forgot to brush off the sand, it was not fun trying to clean it all up. As well, if we were not kind or not participating or did not pick up after ourselves, the heat of this sharpening rebuke was intense, but effective. It sharped my actions and my character.
God calls us to sharpen up and be willing to teach, train, and come along side others.
2 Timothy 2:2 and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also.
Colossians 3:16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.
In the same sense, we are to listen and learn, seeking to sharpen up our talents and character.
Proverbs 1:5 Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance.
Proverbs 1:8-9 Hear, my son, your father’s instruction, and forsake not your mother’s teaching, for they are a graceful garland for your head and pendants for your neck.
Proverbs 18:15 An intelligent heart acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.
So whom is God using to sharpen you? Are you listening? Are you willing to be sharpened?
I know for me, I love learning from others, observing their life and watching them helps me sharpen up my skills and character. As well, I want to be like my grandfather was to me, not only to my grandkids, but to others as well. Sure, it takes time, but it’s worth it.
Church can be a place to sharpen up our faith, but also where we can meet some amazing people both to sharpen us and to help sharpen. If you don’t already have a church you regularly attend, we would like to invite you to Cypress Church or any of our branch churches. Our website has more information: http://www.cypresschurch.net.