Are you feeling dull, apathetic and empty? Are you facing obstacles at work, disappointments with life, worry about current problems or constant fatigue and weariness? What do you do when you feel dull?
Do you have dull knives in your kitchen? If you do any cooking at all the one thing that drives every person crazy is having a knife with a dull blade. What would happen if you tossed those dull knives in a drawer with the sharpener and shook the drawer back and forth for two minutes? My guess is no matter how long you shake the drawer, not one of the knives would be sharpened. The truth is you must take a little time to sharpen each knife one at a time.
You may be thinking, “How ridiculous! No one just throws their knives in a drawer and shakes it back and forth and really expects the knives to be sharpened.” But that is exactly what we do in the Church with the young women (and men) from generation to generation.
We think because we are all sitting in the church seats week after week and moving around together for two hours that we will walk out completely sharpened and ready to face another wicked and crazy week at work. Now that is a ridiculous thought!
The statistics show we are not taking Proverbs 27:17 “Iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.”(NLT) or Titus 2:3-5 seriously anymore. Mentoring is off the radar screen in our churches and my heart’s cry is to present the solution to the problem, even if it is one person and one church at a time.
When we pour our lives into others and help them sharpen their knowledge and application of Scripture to their daily lives we are glorifying the Lord. This is the exact effect one-to-one relationships have when we invest in mentoring the next generation.
Mentoring requires listening and sharing Gods Word with someone who needs encouragement. With a mentor, you gain guidance and encouragement in your walk with the Lord when you are willing to be authentic and do life together.
We have to realize a knife cannot sharpen itself. It doesn’t matter who you are or how old you are, everyone needs a godly mature friend and mentor to help sharpen your faith. Regardless if you are an introvert or an extrovert, we were not meant to do life alone.
Since the day I began this incredible journey as a Christian I have had a mentor in my life. It has been life changing and I can guarantee you will grow in your faith and no longer remain stuck in a dull state of mind. God’s Word will not return empty and void. (Isaiah 55:11)
Do yourself a huge favor. Step out of your comfort zone. Seek to find someone smarter than yourself who has a mature walk with the Lord and begin the sharpening experience.
Today’s Action Step:
Begin asking God in prayer to help you seek a mentor who can guide you and sharpen the iron of your faith in Him.