Fresh Hope – 3rd September 2016

Have you ever tried to cut something with a knife that wasn’t sharp? Have you ever tried to cut a tree down with a blunt axe?
Have you ever tried to write with a blunt pencil?
If you have, you’ll know that it’s hard work.

The knife doesn’t always need throwing away, it just needs sharpening.
(You can actually sharpen it on another knife that is already sharp – ask a chef).

In life, whatever you try to do, if you’re not at your best, you won’t do a great job. If you’ve not been training lately, you won’t play great football. If you’ve not been practising lately, you may not play that instrument as good as you’d like.

We all need to be sharp, we all need to keep on top of the game. We all need to do whatever we need to do to keep ahead.

If you’re a leader in any area of life, you have a great responsibility to stay sharp.

Your relationship with Christ needs to be sharp in order for you to be effective as a Christian.

Keep praying, keep reading God’s word, keep reading great books, keep listening to great messages, get involved and connected in a great Church. Whatever you need to do to keep sharp, you must do it.

In the same way as the knife needs another knife to sharpen it, you need to have great people around you to keep you sharp. Watch out for people who will cause you to be blunt, dull and useless.
The world doesn’t need blunt Christians, in the same way as your team does not need a blunt player, or your company a blunt salesman.

It’s your responsibility to sharpen yourself!

Pastor Gillian

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