Proverbs 27:17 “Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.”
Fear overwhelmed me as I sat in the barber chair as a little boy for the first time. It was not the scissors that scared me or the buzzing sound of the electric clippers; it was the barber’s razor that sent chills down my spine. He used it to shave the short hair on the neck and around the ears. Every few moments he would sharpen that razor back and forth on a long piece of leather strap hanging next to the chair. He did it so often I wondered why. There was no doubt in my mind the razor must be so sharp that one slip of the barber’s steady hand and I would surely bleed to death. I soon learned that by the razor being kept sharp, the barber could do a better job. It was actually more dangerous if he used a dull razor than a sharp one.
So is your life young person, when it comes to how your life influences others. God wants to use you to be a sharpening tool for your friends. He wants your conversation, manner of life, talk and testimony to make those around you be a better tool in the Lord’s hands. One of the most important, but overlooked pieces of equipment that the barber had was that old worn strap that kept the knife razor sharp. Without it the shiny razor would have been useless and dangerous. How about you teenager – do you help those around you be on the cutting edge for Christ?
My frightened state did come in handy that day. The barber said that I sat so still that I deserved a lollipop. Little did he know, that I was not being good, I was scared for my life.
Bro. Ed Schwarz
Clays Mill Road Baptist Church
Commonwealth Baptist College