Do You Have This Tool In Your Box?

Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.
— Proverbs 27:17 ESV

My dad was a Jack-of-all-trades. In his younger years he helped build tanks to aid in the war effort. Later, he operated his own gas station while also running The Hamburg, a family-owned drive-in restaurant. In the 60's, he moved the family to the Sunshine State where he built our home, doing much of the work himself.

Dad's Florida resume included managing a tool and die shop, designing and building two golf courses, and operating a third course where he also worked as the teaching pro.

It won't come as a surprise that my dad's toolbox was a potpourri of gadgets.  Micrometers, Allen wrenches, hand drills (think egg beaters), T-squares, monkey wrenches, hand saws, hammers, and several sharpening stones filled the 4-drawer wooden box.

You may be wondering why we are scrounging around his toolbox especially when dad has been gone more than 30 years. It's those sharpening stones! What a great tool. A couple of drops of oil . . . a little friction as metal kisses rock . . . and a dull edge becomes razor sharp.

God values the sharpening process. He tells us:

Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.

If we want to get better, we will need the kind of friction that comes from life-on-life: questions, criticism, and counsel.

We must answer penetrating questions:

  • "What are you doing to keep your walk with God fresh?"
  • "Are you playing with any temptations?"
  • How are you reminding yourself that Jesus is for you? 
  • What will it cost you to love the family of God this week?

We must not bristle under pointed criticism:

  • "You can do better work than that."
  • "If you want to improve you are going to have to ______________."
  • "Watch out for that guy, he's trouble."

We must be willing to embrace compassionate counsel:

  • "Look, you've got to take ownership on this one."
  • "I think you need to wrestle with getting another job."

God wants us razor sharp, but it is going to take a little friction to hone our edge. Who is your sharpening stone? Why not ask a friend this question today:

What one area do I need to improve in order to be at my best for God?

For more help . . .

Spanish River uses 9 key questions to encourage and challenge each other to live on mission. You can find them on the SRC app under "Connect,". The SRC app is available for IOS, Android and Windows platforms. Search "Spanish River Church" in your app store and check it out!