Children’s Sermon – Iron Sharpens Iron – Proverbs 27:17
(One person sharpens another.)
Objective: To encourage children to be with the right crowd and learn from them.
Scripture: “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” Proverbs 27:17
- A tool or knife and a sharpener or sharpening stone (handle with care and put away immediately after discussing about it) OR
- A short video clip of blacksmithing or a forge or someone sharpening tools or knives
Hello boys and girls! Today, we’ll be talking about sharpening and sharpeners. What does a sharpener do? When do we need to sharpen things? What items need sharpening? (Discuss these questions and encourage answers from the kids. If someone mentions pencils, say, Well, pencils and sharpening them… this actually also captures the thought of our lesson today, Proverbs 27:17. Any more objects?)
From your answers, we realize that some things become dull over time. They become less sharp or less effective. For something to remain in tip top condition, a sharpener is a good tool. Sharpeners bring out the best in your pencil or knife, or tool. Sharpeners help restore the good quality of an object. And, sharpeners help make things more effective and useful.
Using the Bible
You know kids, the Bible also talks about sharpening. It says in Proverbs 27:17 that “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” What do you think the Bible is telling us here? (Try to get some answers.)
From Scriptures we learn that being around someone can sharpen us. But it’s not just any person, it has to be the right person. Pencils need the right kind of sharpener. Knives and tools need the right kind of sharpener. So, in the same way, you and I need the right kind of people around us so that “sharpening” can take place.
What does the Bible mean when it says “One person sharpens another”? It means that people can bring out the best in you, Family, good friends, teachers; they can help bring or restore you to a good condition when you’re not feeling good or when you’re not performing good. When you’re with the right people and you stay in their company, they can nurture you back into good shape or help you become in better shape than before.
Kids, let me encourage you to find the right people to be around with. If you need to think and speak better thoughts and words, be with people who talk and think positively. Do you want to be a better student, spend more time with pals who love studying. Do you want to be a lover of books? Go read a book with a booklover. Spend some time together at the library. You want to know more about God? Be in church more and sit close to someone who is attentive to teachers of God’s Word.
Kids, you also need to know that sharpening may not always feel nice. Imagine, iron rubbing against iron. Imaging the pencil feeling the grind of the sharpener. It doesn’t seem pleasant. In the same way, it may not always be pleasant when you let a family member or a friend sharpen you. You may hear strong words of correction or even criticism. They may point out your faults. Instead of being offended or rejecting the person, why don’t you try to listen more? See all the good points you can get so you can be a better person. If you’re not doing something right, listen to the rebuke and maybe, get some tips and suggestions on how you can do it better. Don’t resist the right things. Take what you can from the conversation. And if some words were a bit hurtful, forgive them and don’t take those hurtful words to heart.
So kids, remember, the right people can sharpen you! Surround yourself more with the right people. Learn to listen more. Look for ways to develop yourself. Allow some sharpening in your life so you can be better and do better!