Scripture: Proverbs 27:17 - “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.”
It's awesome to know that God created humans to be in community. We were never created for the purpose of going through the daily grind alone. Almost all of us crave interaction with other like-minded people. The conversations that we have had, the experiences and the lessons that we have learned usually come from interacting with one another. This is a blessing and a great gift.
When I think about this verse, I imagine the blades of two swords, rubbing against one another, each one sharpening the other. They are acting and working for the other one while getting additional benefits for themselves. As we grow up, the idea of friendships gets tainted by cynicism and past baggage. I mean, think about how easy it was to make friends when we were kids. It would be" Hey do you wanna play tag" and then off you go. But as we continue to go through life, we experience heartbreak. We have experience backstabbings, friends making up rumors about us, friends that are two-faced AKA snakes. And so as we get older, we begin to understand that relationships and friendships come at a price.
Some of us may be so protected and walled up because it seems like the risk is greater than the reward. Yet at the same time, God's word reminds us that we cannot go through this life without committing ourselves to the betterment of our friends and family. We have to take those risks and invest in one another in order to progress, in order to grow. If you were to do a word study on how many times "....one another" shows us in Scriptures, you'll find that it occurs 100+ times. "love one another, bear with one another, pray for one another etc." We can never walk this life alone.
So if you claim to be a Christian, I encourage you to surround yourself with other people that will sharpen you in your journey in all ways: spiritually, physically and emotionally. If you aren't part of a church community, a local body of believers, I encourage you to attend a local church this weekend.It doesn't matter where you are in your walk with God. The best time to get connected with other people who will walk with you is NOW. And if you DO have a church family, if you have people who are walking with you, thank God for them right now. Continue to LIFT one another up, have the courage to call each other out when you are wilding out and messing up, encouraging one another and challenge one another to keep pursuing God.
Dave is a co-founder of the Lift Project. He is currently in the process of finishing his Master of Divinity degree at Cairn University. He loves powerlifting, watching UFC and speaking about practical theology.