Does Iron Sharpen Iron…2?
“Iron sharpens iron, So one man sharpens another.” Proverbs 27:17 NASB
“You use steel to sharpen steel, and one friend sharpens another.” Proverbs 27:17 The Message
“Iron sharpens iron; so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend “Proverbs 27:17 Amplified Bible
Is it important to process life together with other men? Does God reveal this to us in the bible? What does God mean when He says Iron sharpens Iron? We have touched on this topic before, and will probably speak on it again, that’s how important it is. From the beginning of time God reveals to us, through the Trinity, that relationships started with God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit;
“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age. “Matthew 28:19-20
God created us for the purpose of having a relationship with Him, if we chose to do so. Go back to the book of Genesis, and read how He walked with Adam before the fall. After the fall He came back looking for Adam, who was attempting to hide from God, anticipating another walk in the garden. (Of course He already knew what Adam had done.) Scripture shows us again and again how He peruses us, desiring that intimate personal relationship with us; “Come to me with your ears wide open. Listen, and you will find life. I will make an everlasting covenant with you. I will give you all the unfailing love I promised to David.” Isaiah 55:3 “If it is important to Him it should, likewise, be important to us.”
God reveals the importance of relationships all through scripture. When Christ began to make Himself known, here on earth, the first thing He did was search out twelve men to disciple, and hang out with. They ate together, laughed, shared their thoughts, and talked things out. They challenged each other through healthy discussion. They shared their ideas until they came up with a meeting of the minds, and became sharper in their collective wisdom. “Iron Sharpens Iron, Prov. 27:17” (side note…the apostles were not fully equipped until Pentecost when the Holy Spirit was sent to equip them as promised)
So when the Bible talks about “Iron sharpens Iron,” it is simply the act of talking things out with other men. Processing those thoughts and ideas with other men, rather then coming up with our own independent conclusions. Of course this is all done with the Word of God being the final authority through the discernment of the Holy Spirit who dwells in each of us who believe, 1 Cor. 6:19-20.
Men we were never meant to work all things out by ourselves, we are just not that smart, James 5:16. We were created for fellowship, first with Jesus, and then with each other. If we seek the relationship with Jesus first it will be much easier to develop relationships with our brothers in Christ. “The disciples were a band of brothers that did everything together under the leadership of Jesus.” They counted on each other, and through their fellowship and discipleship, under Jesus, became very wise. They were now equipped to spread the gospel throughout the land.
That is the example, the model, we are to follow so we can take part in the Great Commission. Before the disciples could be used by Jesus, they needed to be equipped. They needed to be healthy. They needed to have their house in order. Why? Because we can’t be effective in ministry until our life is right with God. Not in perfection, we are all a work in progress, but evidence that Jesus is Lord of our life. You will know them by their fruit. “Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or make the tree bad and its fruit bad; for the tree is known by its fruit.” Matt. 12:33
“Men take the time to find a group of guys you wouldn’t mind hanging out with, and join them. Make sure you meet at least once a week, and be intentional about your meeting. Have a great time, and make sure Christ is at the center of your conversation. You will be blessed!”
Seek the Adventure, Strength and Honor, Papa Joe!