No Dull Men.

Please enjoy this entry from guest blogger, Casey Young. Casey is a great friend and lay-pastor in our church. I am always challenged by Casey's heart to challenge men to be, as he calls it, "Men of God." I hope you enjoy and pass this along to a friend!

Proverbs 27:17 “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.”   Iron sharpens iron. What a great analogy we have from the Word of God. Several examples of this come to mind, but one that helps clarify this is a lawn mower blade. After much use, these blades become dull and worn out. It’s a good idea at the beginning of each grass-cutting season to sharpen the blades. If the blades are not sharpened, they will still be able to cut grass, but they may do so unevenly. The grass may not be cut as well because dull blades sometimes bend the grass as opposed to cutting it. The point is that without sharpening the blades, they will not be able to completely fulfill their intended purpose.

Just like lawnmower blades, men become dull and worn out after much use. Life and responsibility wears on you and is a drain on you physically, mentally, emotionally, and especially spiritually. It’s wise to be sharpened on a regular basis.  

Interestingly, this is not a commandment from Scripture, but rather included in the wisdom literature, which says to us that we would be wise to heed these words. Men who live in isolation from other men are not fulfilling their spiritual walk. They are not as sharp as they could be.  

“So one man sharpens another.” One on one. Men’s groups are great. However, every man needs a trusted friend that can be counted on to provide the sometimes-painful challenge to keep him sharp.  There is a clarification that needs to be made.  When iron sharpens iron, sparks fly! Have you ever taken a grinder to a lawnmower blade?  Sparks are everywhere. When men meet for sharpening, it is not a time to simply chat about the weather, investments, sports, or hobbies. It is a time to roll up the sleeves and talk openly and honestly about your spiritual journey. It’s a time to deal with the areas of our lives that have become dull and purposeless. Sometimes, sparks need to fly in healthy ways.    

Life Reflection: Where have you become dull and purpose-less? When was the last time another man you trust looked at you in the face and challenged you to be the man God made you to be?  
Life Response: May the commitment to find a trusted friend who can “sharpen” you. Remember he needs you as much as you need him.
Posted by Andy Savage at 1:06 PM
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