Monday, October 16
Tools need to be sharpened. The other day Elizabeth commented that she had a hard time cutting a banana skin with one of our paring knives. I had noticed that, too, but had done nothing about it. It didn’t take too long to sharpen it up. We had a nice little tool right there in a drawer. I don’t think of myself as being slothful, but I admit to putting up with dull tools longer than I should. I have several files and rasps, flat ones. half round ones, round ones. I also have an emery wheel. So I have the tools to sharpen other tools. God has given us a lot of tools for our spiritual work, too, and they need to be kept sharp. It’s so easy to let our spiritual tools get dull. You don’t have to do a thing for that to happen. Spiritual tools don’t get dull by over-use; they get dull by not being used. The Bible is referred to as a sword. It gets dull when we don’t use it. You don’t have to listen to a preacher very long before you know how much he’s been in the Word. This is also true in our prayer lives. If my prayers are mere words, they are no more effective than those prayer wheels in India. One of my favorite verses is James 5:16, not because I measure up, but because it is an encouragement to sharpen my tool. “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” (KJV) I like that word “fervent.” It means “heart felt”—no perfunctory words. Then there’s the matter of living a righteous life, which involves dealing with sin. Another way to sharpen spiritual tools.