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The Sharpening
by Jeff Baldwin
03/08/03
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The Sharpening

Ecclesiastes 10:10 “If the ax is dull and its edge unsharpened….”

As I awoke and started my day, I notice how extremely dull and unsharpened I felt. Lounging in my favorite PJ’s was about as dangerous as it was going to get. Do you remember digging in your backyard as a kid? Did you ever unearth a rusty knife, arrowhead, or a watch? I would always run into the house and scream, “Momma, look! I wonder who buried this knife out they’re? Do you think an Indian or a Pirate put it there?” My momma would emphatically reply, “Yea, that pirate must have been 5 years old and stole that knife out of my kitchen drawer! That’s my knife!!” Remember those days?

That unearthed knife in my backyard was about as worthless as a heavy jacket on a hot July afternoon. Dull, rusty, dirty, and worthless! Get the picture…all knives have a history, or at least mine do! It wasn’t always dull. It once was dangerous, lethal, razor sharp and skillfully used by its Owner! The knife once was usable and a choice favorite. As long as the knife abided in the Vine, was obedient to the Holy Spirits promptings, humble, faithful, honest, and teachable…the Owner could us him or her for dangerous duty. I’ve learned a dull sword makes your enemy wink and mock! A sharp sword will cause him to flee for his life! Are you still sharp? Or have the elements in life’s backyard brought rust and dullness to your life?

As Jesus was filleting the scribes and Pharisees with truth one day over what defiles a man, He makes eye contact with His disciples across the field and asks, “Are you still so DULL?” NIV/Matt 15:16 Solomon states it this way, “How the Gold has lost its luster, the fine gold became DULL!” Lam 4:1 Paul declares, “But their minds were made dull…” 2 Cor 3:14 Can I ask you a loaded question? Are you dangerously close to becoming dull and unusable? The only way to re-sharpen a dull blade is to repeatedly strike the blade onto a whetstone or rock! Angle is very important when honing in. Right NOW! Don’t delay, let the Spirit of God grab the handle of your life, angel it, and begin to strike you against “THE ROCK” Jesus Christ! The sparks will fly, and it will get hot due to friction, but the blade of your life will allow God to hunt for big game…. Eternal Souls.




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Roger Crane 13 Mar 2003
Jeff, I liked this short, pithy piece. But, I will add that you could improve on your spelling. One common mistake is substituting "they're" for their, and I think a few other variations. By the way, a rating without a critique does not really give feedback. It's the critique that we want and need, right brother? --Roger C.
Roger Crane 13 Mar 2003
Jeff, I liked this short, pithy piece. But, I will add that you could improve on your spelling. One common mistake is substituting "they're" for their, and I think a few other variations. By the way, a rating without a critique does not really give feedback. It's the critique that we want and need, right brother? --Roger C.




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