It Takes One to Make One

In the Old Testament book of Proverbs, King Solomon imparts his wisdom to make the naive nature of youths’ wise and wise men even wiser. In the depths of his knowledge, given to him by God, Solomon shared these words, “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another” (Pro. 27:17). Now the context of those few words is rich in wisdom, for it speaks directly to the interaction of human relations, how we are to interrelate with one another. The people with whom we interact contribute to shaping our character, be it good or bad, especially in our youth, and as we continue to grow and age.

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The global society has lost the capacity to listen to one another. It has become more polarized than ever, with many people driven by hatred for others who disagree with their opinions. As that divide continues to increase, it will lead society to a point where wisdom can no longer flourish and allow people to grow. As followers of Jesus Christ, we should expect such behavior in a fallen, sin-plagued world, but we should never see it in the church. If everyone in a church body only desired to sharpen and yet never be sharpened, that congregation would stagnate in its spiritual growth and become an ineffective tool in God’s hand.

In as much as we are to disciple others, that is to say, teach them to walk in step with God’s word, we must also be students of God’s word. We are to be ever willing to learn as we seek opportunities to share the gospel and teach others about God’s word and His infinite love. Even a fine sword must be sharpened at some point to retain its usefulness and effectiveness, and so it is for every Christian. It takes one to make one or putting it another way; while we teach others about God’s word, we must also be the students of someone else who walks in step with the Lord and His word. That’s how we learn and grow closer to God. That’s how we keep the momentum of the church moving forward and always looking up.

Therefore, as we set out each day, let us always seek opportunities to sharpen other believers and allow other believers to sharpen us. Doing so works to keep the church anchored to God’s word and faithful to heed and keep His instructions. It will enable the church, as a whole, to reach greater depths in spiritual growth and become a mighty tool in God’s hand to reach the lost with the good news of Jesus Christ. So, whom will you sharpen today, and better yet, whom will you allow to sharpen you?

I invite you to check out our weekly Bible study podcast each Wednesday at 11 a.m. eastern. Next week, we will explore the gospel according to John throughout the season of Lent and into holy week.



“God never leaves you nor forsakes you.” I’ve heard that before.  “Jesus will leave the 99 to come after you.” I’ve heard that one too.  Meanwhile, fear creeps up when life hurls a season of loneliness our way, and poof! Churchy sayings hold as much weight as thin air.  Believe it or not, God is cheering us on and inviting us to thrive amidst the loneliness. Yes, it’s weird and scary, but this emptiness is a safe space where you get to hear the God of everything speak the loudest. You’re safe because God is so good at owning goodness amidst our dank, confused, lonely seasons, and because of Him, you aren’t so by yourself.” 

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One thought on “It Takes One to Make One

  1. James Reasor February 20, 2021 / 7:05 PM

    “Therefore, as we set out each day, let us always seek opportunities to sharpen other believers and allow other believers to sharpen us.”

    Thank you brother for sharing this with us! As followers of Jesus Christ we should engage in the great commission and tell the world about Jesus. As we are in the process of doing this we should also seek to mentor fellow believers which should help to strengthen them. Likewise, I have experienced in my walk with Jesus, fellow believers mentoring, teaching and guiding me in the right direction.

    A personal application for me is this: I have a friend who is a retired pastor who is my mentor; I meet with him several times for lunch and for 2-3 hours we are sharing about our faith, spiritual practices and our walk with the Lord! I am like a sponge soaking up the knowledge and experiences that he shares with me. As I learn more, I take that knowledge, which sharpens my spiritual walk, and share this with others. Therefore, we followers of Jesus need each other!

    Many blessings to you my friend….keep on writing! 🙂


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