I love this verse and think of it often: “Iron sharpens iron. So one man sharpens another (Proverbs 27:17).” I thank God for the people He puts in my path to sharpen me. Because I need it. Because without realizing it, I can lapse little by little into a subtle dullness.
I’ve been thinking about that this week. I watched an interview of a young Christian in ministry who gave sharp answers to questions—answers that showed he clearly wasn’t concerned with pleasing people. Only God. Around the same time, I saw an online article in a Christian publication that hit a hot-button issue dead-on from a biblical perspective. Awesome, I thought. Then just as quickly I wondered, Would I have addressed that?
Certainly we’re not all called to address the same issues in the same manner. But I wondered whether I had grown dull with respect to those things I am to address.
Last week, I talked about being called to write fiction. But fiction is just one aspect of my ministry. It’s a certain type of communication. And I have editors who shape and direct that communication to fit a certain audience. When I spoke with Women of Faith, that message too was shaped to fit a certain audience. I understand the need to be edited in those areas, but I wonder… Have I started editing myself in other areas as well? Have I begun to focus on people and what they will say rather than on God and what He wants me to say?
More than a decade ago, the Lord gave me my mission in Jeremiah 1:10: “to pluck up and to break down, to destroy and to overthrow, to build and to plant.” I knew God was calling me to uproot those mindsets and perspectives that become ingrained in people and in place of that, to plant the truth of His Word.
But that mission can deal with hard truths. And you can’t pluck up and break down if you’ve grown dull. So I’m pressing in extra hard with the sharpest instrument known to man—the Word of God. And I’m praying to not only keep Jeremiah 1:10 in view, but Galatians 1:10 as well:
For am I now seeking the favor of men, or of God? Or am I striving to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a bond-servant of Christ.
Do you “edit” yourself, focusing on what people will do or say rather than on what God would have you do or say? Do you stay sharp with respect to what God has called you to, or do you sense a subtle dullness creeping in at times?