Summer 2024

Daily Devotional: Thursday, April 27 - Iron Sharpens Iron

“As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” — Proverbs 27:17

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In a world that can be fueled by jealousy, unhealthy comparisons and revenge, it is a joy to witness athletes who join forces to strengthen each other.

Many consider powerlifting to be an individual sport — the goal is to gain strength and become better today than you were yesterday. Gains in strength come from obedience, consistency and proper training over long periods of time. In competition, each lifter’s goal is to successfully complete three of each of the standard lifts: squat, bench press and deadlift. Ideally, each lift is successful, increases in weight and is technically correct. The highest weight of each type of lift comprises a total weight, which determines the individual winner.

As training progresses, it is apparent that these athletes cannot attain their goals by themselves. Endless hours spent alone in a gym will not be enough — the lifters need spotters to prevent injuries, a coach to teach technique, and supporters to encourage them to keep pushing through. Though they have different backgrounds and personalities, these athletes push one another to be their very best on and off the platform.

Jesus’ disciples included fishermen, tax collectors and sinners. Prior to Jesus, many of these disciples would not have chosen to spend time together. But with a common goal of learning the teachings of Jesus and spreading His Good News, they became better together. Once they looked at each other the way Jesus saw them, they were able to work with each other to bring Him glory — much more was achieved working collectively than in silos.

We typically find whatever it is we look for. If we look for negativity, we will find it. If we look for the gold in each other, we’ll find that too. God’s design is for us to work together for the glory of God, but we can’t get there if we let negativity, judgment and jealousy reign. Many can excel individually, but true champions are built when iron sharpens iron.

— Karla Miller

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