I have had an ongoing problem, even since elementary school. I am always missing entire sentences or pieces of information that is pertinent to the story. Maybe I want to go too fast. I don’t know but it generally leads to me saying something like our highest-brow cinematic genius character, Ace Ventura, Pet Detective… I confessed my latest rear-speaking (typing) to BBQ, which fortunately enough led to a good study and discussion of “Iron Sharpens Iron.”
Recently while perusing F3Nation.com, I came across a post, “ISI” and gave it a read. Seeing that it was good, and NOT seeing any reference to the origin of “ISI,” I wrote a comment that seemed pretty intelligent that was certain to illicit a wonderful response. After a few days (with no comments) I reread the post and saw a line that I didn’t see before… It wasn’t hidden, or disguised in strange white or gray color, only italicized.
“If you want to run faster, run with a faster man.”
Soooo that’s what the post was about. I had bent over and grabbed my butt cheeks once again. No wonder there haven’t been any great responses to my totally relevant and enlightening comment. It must have been so confusing and off base that it killed the conversation.
No matter, I hope that it prompted someone to pull out their Bible and read for themselves.
“Iron sharpens iron so one man sharpens another” Proverbs 27:17
These are deep and true words. Well rooted in Biblical truths and the only way to truly get better. Brotherhood and fellowship are so desperately important in our lives. God has ordained it that way. Ever since the beginning, we are not meant to be alone.
Consider a knife. The first tool that I grab for any outdoor trip, even if I don’t think that I will need it. It is my favorite tool. If it is dull, it sucks. It is dangerous. Extra effort is needed to get it to work and it won’t necessarily behave in a manner that I would expect. Significantly more dangerous than a sharp knife.
The same goes for us. When we are “dull” it takes extra effort; another to push us all the harder. Initially we might act in a totally illogical way. My past diet philosophy is a good example. “I am going to eat what I want and die happy.” Really? A 25-year-old boy with high blood pressure and barely able to make it up a flight of stairs is not an image of happiness. Nor is the thought of stuffing my face while lying on a hospital bed. I was dull. #Not3rd…
My buddy, @solocup, who was also “husky,” decided at some point a few years ago that he was sick of being dull. He was running 5ks and losing a lot of weight and it inspired me. If he can do it, I can too. He started to sharpen me, train with me, push me. The first Harrisburg 5k averaged about a 10:00 min mile. I wanted to walk. Ole Solo shouted, “COME ON!” He led by example. This is our duty. Our Responsibility. At home, at work, in our community.
Solomon says it again in Ecclesiastes 4:9-12. Read it OYO… The same but different.
V12 is special. “… a three strand cord is not easily broken.” The preceding verses talk about two, not three. You, me, and Jesus? That is a cord I could trust.
Speaking of which, Jesus mentions this concept a number of times. One example is in Matthew 18:15-20, OYO.
Sharpening isn’t always pretty. Think about scraping that knife against a whetstone or grinding an ax on a wheel. Sparks can fly. I get it. It sucks calling out a friend/brother. We want to mind our own business. One of the hardest things that you will ever have to do… I know and it is worth it. Real men, real friends, are glad to be called out when they are wrong. It makes us better. Iron.Sharpens.Iron.
Look at the promises that come with agreement and brotherhood in Christ from V19-20. This should get you excited.
Sharpening one another is part of our duty to each other. Here are a few more passages that speak to HOW to sharpen, in no particular order other than left to right. Don’t be lazy.
Romans 14:19-21… #IamF3rd
Galatians 6:1-2,10 Fulfill the law.
1Thessalonians 5:11 Build, not tear down.
Hebrews 3:12-13 Watch out for each other
Hebrews 10:23-25 Hold on, push each other, post at church.