2 Kings 6:5, But as one was felling a beam, the axe head fell into the water: and he cried, and said, Alas, master! for it was borrowed.
Picture it, this man is working, wood chips are flying, he is making progress then suddenly he loses his cutting edge.
At this point he could keep on whacking the tree with the axe handle. He is still working up a sweat, he is as busy as he can be with his programs and bus ministries, and Sunday Schools, and on and on, but he is getting absolutely nowhere. He has lost his cutting edge.
Fortunately that is not what this man does. He does the right thing. First, he admits he has lost it.
Too many churches, too many preachers, too many Sunday School teachers, deacons, elders have lost their cutting edge but they won’t admit it and they keep whacking at the tree with nothing but a blunt stick.
This man admitted it and confessed that it was just borrowed.
Joy, power, effectiveness, patience all come from the Lord, not from in and of ourselves.
If you have lost your cutting edge, there is a way to get back.
2 Kings 6:6, And the man of God said, Where fell it? And he shewed him the place. And he cut down a stick, and cast it in thither; and the iron did swim.
First we have to go back where we lost it. We have to search ourselves and search our past and come to admit and understand where we lost our cutting edge. If we can get back to that place, we have a chance.
God wants badly for our joy to be restored. He loves us and wants our joy to be complete in Christ.
Once we go back to that place where we lost it, there is one more thing we must do.
Many people are waiting for God to pour out some kind of fire on their heads and restore the joy of His salvation in them. Sorry, that’s not how it works.
2 Kings 6:7, Therefore said he, Take it up to thee. And he put out his hand, and took it.
God could have caused that axe head to jump up out of the water and plop right down onto that handle. But again, it doesn’t work that way.
It’s there. God wants us to have it. But WE have to reach out and take it. Just as I posted day before yesterday, Ephesians 5 tells us to BE filled with the Spirit.
It is our responsibility to be filled and it is our responsibility to reach out take all God has for us.
We start by understanding that we have been made free in Christ Jesus and bound no longer by guilt.
Galatians 5:13-14, For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
Have you lost your cutting edge?