Sunday Reflections: Dull Knives and Dull Hearts

The Pioneer Woman's Restaurant Style Salsa

One of my favorite things to make for dinner parties is fresh salsa.

The combinations of flavors between the tomatoes, onions, peppers and cilantro are mouth-watering before you even slide your chip in for the dip.

Several years ago, my father-in-law taught me what is required to make good salsa is a good chop.  Lots of chopping.   A salsa with a good texture is the perfect balance between saucy and chunky.

The knife in my kitchen I’ve used to prepare almost every meal since our wedding day is a basic chef’s knife. Perfect for chopping, slicing and dicing just about any vegetable.   However when the knife becomes dull, it becomes ineffective.

In fact, not only does it become ineffective, it can be downright harmful.  If I use a dull, ineffective knife to chop an onion, the knife can slide off the onion and chop my finger instead.  Worse yet, I can know this and in my laziness do nothing about it, resigning myself to the rough, overly chunky chop, making one bite of salsa overwhelming with the taste of onion.

This truth came to mind while studying Hebrews 5:11-14 where readers of God’s Word are warned about falling into the danger of dullness.

“About this we have much to say, and it is hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing. For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food, for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child.   But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.”

Dullness.  A debilitating condition that causes us to become spiritually ineffective.

We let time go by and become complacent, finding ourselves standing in the same exact place we’ve been standing in for years.  Not moving.  Not growing. Not changing.  Regressing.

We no longer learn because we are not passing on what we know to another. Seeing and experiencing that what we have learned actually finds its fulfillment when we teach.

When we give it away. 

We are blessed to be a blessing.

The knife in my hand is meant to prepare something to feed others.  Likewise, we are placed in the hands of the Living God when we die to live for His purpose.

Our lives are not our own.

The deal with the knife though is there is a fairly quick remedy.  I can take the sharpening tool that came with it and with a few swipes across, the knife is sharpened and back in the game.

It becomes useful once again.

And so it goes with our complacency.  Our spiritual dullness.  One simple move can help us grow and become effective to those around us.

One step of faith in action.

One phone call to encourage or pray with the person we’ve been thinking of daily.

One step of faith to begin a discipleship relationship with that younger woman who is always ready to talk and ask questions.

One commitment to serve within your community.

These things make the ineffective suddenly effective.

We are blessed to be a blessing.

Does your knife need sharpening?

What steps can you take to combat spiritual dullness?

5 thoughts on “Sunday Reflections: Dull Knives and Dull Hearts

  1. Suzie,thanks for the timely and much needed word about keeping our knife sharp. I also love what you said about it only taking one small faith step forward to restore effectiveness. Awesome…and so true!

  2. Thank you Suzie. I can’t stop thinking about Sunday’s message. It was so convicting and so true. (I kinda like “angry pastor”) Well maybe” like” is a strong word, but I definitely need to hear from angry pastor:-) His last instruction to change was to, “do the next right thing.” So simple, yet not always so easy. I pray that the Lord would sharpen me by His Word and that I follow His Spirit and do, the next right thing, everyday. Thank you for your always encouraging words.

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