Fresh Hope – 29th February 2016

Our son Joshua came round for Sunday lunch yesterday.

‘Dad’, he said half way through the meal (which normally means I’m about to ask you to do something for me)…’I think I need a new kitchen knife, as mine has gone blunt’.

I asked him how old it was and if he’d ever sharpened it, to which he replied that it was only 12 months old and that it had never been sharpened.

I explained to him that a knife was made to be regularly sharpened and would last for years if kept that way.

I wonder how many blunt knives you have in your kitchen?

I can almost guarantee that you will keep cutting through everything in the kitchen whilst complaining that you need to get a new knife, yet the truth is that 9 times out of 10, you only need to sharpen it.

The moral of this story is to invest into a good knife sharpener or ‘steel’ and hey presto,  your whole set of kitchen knives will come back to life in an instant.
My first experience of sharpening knives came as a result of working for four years in a butcher’s shop.

Knife sharpening since then has always been a habit that I do probably every couple of weeks.

Expecting a kitchen knife to stay sharp all by itself is totally unrealistic, but then so is expecting yourself to stay sharp without any outside help.

Listen to the wise words of Solomon…

Ecclesiastes 10:10 If the axe is dull and its edge unsharpened, more strength is needed, but skill will bring success.

If you need more strength to do what you used to find easy then it’s a sign that your life has gone blunt – you need sharpening.

Working at the butcher’s shop taught me that there were three ingredients necessary for a good sharp knife.

WATER – water helps cut down the friction on the knife as you are sharpening it, giving it a nice crisp edge.
Water in the Bible speaks of the word of God – the Bible. Read it daily and stay sharp.

OIL – oil keeps the blade well maintained and in good condition.
Oil in the Bible speaks of the Spirit of God-allow the Holy Spirit to fill you every day.

IRON – One of the great insights from the Bible on this comes from Proverbs 27:17:

‘…As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.’

Iron in the Bible speaks of the man of God.

Iron speaks of allowing other men and women to challenge and mentor and sharpen you.

Without one of these things, you will quickly notice how difficult it is to maintain your cutting edge.

Don’t give up on yourself today just because you’re feeling useless – sharpen yourself instead.

Pastor Mark

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