Alright well school is officially OUT!
Exciting times ahead this summer, right now I’m in the car beginning a 10 hour drive to Ohio to visit my brother and go to a camp at Cedarville University to check it out. I’m also refreshing the CollegeBoard website at least hourly because I’m desperate to see my SAT scores, not excited or nervous, swinging wildly back and forth between underestimating and overestimating myself, I’m absolutely filled to the point of explosion with anticipation.
But it’s out of my hands, totally out of my control! Nothing I could do now could change the score I got so I think this is a God-given opportunity to develop the fruits of patience and peace, two things I find myself sorely lacking sometimes. Luckily, my two Jesus loving, heart sharing, iron sharpening iron best friends were over and we had the opportunity to encourage and support one another as we all go through different seasons in our lives.
The godly friends I have in my life teach me about who God is because they reflect His character. I think that’s one of the reasons He puts such a high value on fellowship in the Bible. He knows that we are sinfully drawn to walk by sight and not by faith so He works through the believers around us to reveal Christ to us.
“Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another” (Proverbs 27:17 ESV). God also uses believers to sanctify each other to become more like Christ. We are instructed to put off our old selves and put on our new selves in Christ, and it’s a lifelong process of pursuing holiness that isn’t fully completed until the day of Christ’s return. The people who you surround yourself with have such a huge influence on who you are and what your journey of sanctification looks like that God says that first of all we must be iron, strong in who God is, who we are, and what we’re here for. Secondly that we must seek out like material, finding someone else who is also strong iron and eager to undergo the sometimes pain-filled but always possible to be joy-filled process of becoming sharpened for His purposes and work.
Not everybody around us is going to be saved, not everybody’s going to be similar material and willing to pursue Christ, but that’s the thing, not everybody has to. It’s those who are closest, the most valued, the most sought out, that’s who you’re going to be either mutually sharpening or dulling.
Don’t allow yourself to be set back and dulled, you are valuable to the Kingdom and God will use you in powerful ways when you submit yourself to His work in and through you. A part of that is finding brothers and sisters in Christ who are also surrendering to what God is calling them to. People are relevant to the Christian faith not just because of how you impact them, but also because of how they impact you.
Be prayerful and careful about the people who you seek out because you will be changed, for better or for worse.