As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17)
Churches are meant to be our homes, where we encounter our family. You are more than a regular. You are involved. When you are in a family you can’t just leave it when there is a disagreement or when someone changes the music on the radio. You have to work through it. It’s about more than you. It’s about the family as a whole. Even past that Church is about Jesus, it’s not about us.
Christian community should have more depth with one another and more concern for one another. We are amazing at avoiding openness, honesty and depth. We hide what is going on in our lives by just saying “Fine.” to the “How are you?” question, no matter what is wrecking us personally. These brief encounters are only meant to be that. If someone opens up or pries we are blindsided.
Should we not care about what Jesus is doing in people’s lives? Whenever I get asked that question I get thrown for a loop, because often I have been pushing Jesus to the back burner because of school and work. I have to fake an answer. If I got asked that question enough I would probably actually work to have a real answer for the people asking.
To be open and honest with each other pushes us to shift from neutral to drive. Depth leads to getting challenged and pushed. It seems that our goal is to avoid that depth so we can stay in neutral for as long as we can for whatever reason. Pursuing righteousness is hard work and can get messy. We enjoy being lazy and clean, but we can’t stay that way.
We tend to try to fake righteousness and live in blatant hypocrisy. Brothers and sisters should know us well enough to get us to pursue righteousness and the hypocrisy that comes from pursuing perfection and being human. We can’t escape being hypocrites (sinners), but we can strive to change. God can change us and he can use our friends to help with it.
They should care so much about you that they refuse to let you allow yourself to stay the same. We have gotten to the point where if we are all equally dull we are all equally sharp, because we are afraid of the risks it takes to get sharpened, so we avoid it by avoiding showing people who we really are. If we really want to change we need to get out of being a “regular” and start being a family member. We need to be open and honest about our faults and be pushed toward Jesus, who can fix them.
Father, thank you for the community around me. You have given me people that push me and encourage me. Remind me to be open and honest with You and Your people.