July 18, 2018
Relationships are work -but worth it. I was reminded of this in today’s sermon, “Stay Sharp,” as part of our current “Friends” series.
When friends began to move away for jobs or school, I realized since we no longer had close proximity to each other, effort had to be made to stay connected. Keeping friends is vital, because we are not meant to do life alone. As Pastor Dylan emphasized, “We must be intentional with our friendships in order to remain Spiritually Sharp.”
The past spring semester had no young adult life groups in my area. So, I attended a life group of mature adults. Simply hearing their conversations and how naturally they referenced God’s Word and encouraged each other was inspiring. I felt I was truly walking with the wise as I listened to how they overcame situations in their lives through reading the Bible, praying, fasting, and community.
Ecclesiastes 10:10 encourages us, “Using a dull ax requires great strength, so sharpen the blade. That’s the value of wisdom; it helps you succeed.” A dull weapon accomplishes little. I don’t want to be a dull ax or to surround myself with people who aren’t going to help me be the best version of me I can be. To be sharp will mean intentionality on my part. It’s daily discipline: reading the Bible, praying, fasting, and community.
One sharpening session won’t keep an ax in pristine condition for long -we are the same. Attending life group once or simply going to church won’t keep us sharp. It’s a daily decision. Staying sharp refers to being the first to listen instead of being the first to speak. It’s working together and being able to open up to another person. Pastor Dylan declared, “You will never be all that you’re created to be if you don’t open up.” And that can be a vulnerable moment, but it’s in those raw moments where we can be molded by the Holy Spirit and shaped a bit more like Christ. Having accountability is tough, but there’s power in Godly friendships as Proverbs 27:17 promises us.
I’m not supposed to be a dull ax or alone; daily, I can influence those situations by walking with the wise and disciplined. When my friendships help me stay sharp, I know I’ll be a weapon of action. I’m so glad I go to a church where we do life together.
Dylan Robinson - July 15, 2018
From Series: "All Messages"
Morgan is a 5th grade school teacher who is passionate about people, reading, writing, and sprinkles on her ice cream. When she's not teaching, Morgan loves spending time with loved ones, learning about new things, and worshipping her King at church or in the car.